After launching their Kickstarter campaign earlier today Rabbit & Bear Studios have fully funded their Suikoden veteran developer-made Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes with over $1 million USD, and have announced new stretch goals.
As stated in our prior coverage, the 2.5D JRPG’s development team includes Yoshitaka Murayama writing the story (Suikoden, Suikoden II), Junko Kawano handling character design (Suikoden, Suikoden IV), and Osamu Komuta handling “system design and direction” (Suikoden Tactics, Suikoden Tierkreis).
The Kickstarter campaign launched earlier today, and sought $500,000 USD. Despite issues with the entire Kickstarter website going down, the game reached that goal in two hours (though the developers themselves state this was 3 hours). As of this time of writing, the Kickstarter has achieved over $1.077 million USD. The team thanked their backers for funding the game so quickly.
“Thank you so much to all our backers for the incredible outpour of support! Within an incredibly short amount of time, we’ve been able to hit our minimum goal here on Kickstarter, which means that Eiyuden Chronicle will be a reality! We really apologize that Kickstarter was unavailable for a long period of time. It seems our backers crashed the site 3 separate times! As Murayama-san said on Twitter,
This is far from the end, though. We’ve got a whole set of incredible stretch goals to make Eiyuden Chronicle even better, so be sure to check out the stretch goals on the campaign page!”
Suffice to say, this has blown past the Kickstarter’s initial stretch goals, and even some of the newly announced ones. The completed stretch goals include Fortress Town mode (a base of operations players can build up), and unlocking consoles as platforms.
However, the developers had previously stated that porting to Nintendo Switch could cause issues, needing to practically build a second version of the game. As such the Nintendo Switch version is not guaranteed.
Future stretch goals now include a cooking mini game ($1.25 million USD), and new game+ ($1.5 million USD). In case you missed it, you can find our interview with the game’s writer and Suikoden veteran Yoshitaka Murayama here; where Murayama mentioned the cooking minigame.
You can find more snippets of boss and exploration gameplay via the Kickstarter campaign below.
The Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Kickstarter is live now, and ends August 28th.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes will launch Fall 2022 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and possibly Nintendo Switch.