Rabbit & Bear Studios have crowd-funded their Suikoden veteran developer-made Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes by over $1.8 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 July 27th, and sought $500,000 USD. Despite issues with the entire Kickstarter website going down, the campaign soon blew past that in a matter of hours, achieving over $1 million USD later that day. At this time of writing, the campaign sits at $1.827 million USD. New stretch goals (many of which have been achieved) were announced.
Freshly completed stretch goals include letting uses switch sound effects in battle (“Ever want to hear a cat meow instead of a sword swipe? Now you can!“), Chinese localization, the Guild system, and new character “intelligent, hardworking, but often underestimated” Perielle Grum joining the game.
You can find the full rundown on the Guild system and previously achieved cooking minigame below.
Once your Fortress Town gets large enough, you’ll get the opportunity to create guilds. There are a number of different guilds to create in your town, including knight guilds, blacksmith guilds, cooking guilds, merchant guilds, thieves’ guilds, and even the oh-so relaxing hot spring guild.
Each guild will have requests that can be completed by assigning a character to the task. Each task you complete will earn you rewards, and guilds themselves will allow your characters to learn skills that will help both in battle and in further growing your fortress.
As you develop your fortress town, you’ll eventually have the opportunity to build a cafeteria in your town. You can staff your cafeteria with characters you’ve recruited, and the recipes that they cook will be determined by the recipes you’ve learned, and the characters stationed there.
Once you’ve raised the rank of your cafeteria high enough, you’ll be able to create a guild or it [sic], allowing you to create a franchise and open new restaurants in other towns throughout the land. As your brand further grows, you’ll even have the opportunity to go head to head against rival restaurants!
The new stretch goals include a fishing minigame at $1.95 million, and new characters joining at $2.1 million and $2.2 million. While the latter is partially obscured (only seeing their description as “Total Neat Freak”) you can find the rundown on the other two stretch goals below.
- “Fishing Minigame – It’s not a JRPG without a riveting fishing minigame, and we aim to please. If you’re not fishin’, you’re not livin’.
- Yuferius VII Joins – This diligent and strategic beastman mercenary commander has a startling resemblance to a walking shark, and joins the game at this stretch goal, bringing the total heroes to 102. (We know you can’t wait to see him, and you will in tomorrow’s update!)”
The Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Kickstarter is live now, and ends August 28th. In case you missed it, you can find our interview with the game’s writer and Suikoden veteran Yoshitaka Murayama here.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes will launch Fall 2022 for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and possibly Nintendo Switch.