Konami Surprise-Announces Suikoden 1 And 2 Remasters For 2023

Suikoden footage shows the gang battling a skeletal dragon.

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The extended-time period silence on the Suikoden games has mystified us, you, all people, for over a decade. But Konami moves in mysterious approaches, and very last night time at the Tokyo Sport Show, the business knocked everybody off their chairs by shock-saying remasters of the very first two game titles, thanks future yr.

It is been ten many years because there was final a Suikoden activity, and that was Gensō Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki, on the PSP, introduced in Japanese only. A supporter-manufactured English translation appeared past yr, but understandably folks assumed the series experienced been abandoned.

A shot from Suikoden's trailer, with two characters jumping from a cliff into the night.

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This was created further the scenario by the crowd-funded success of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a religious successor to the Suikoden series, created by the first builders. It had raised an eye-watering $4.5 million by June final yr, and is currently seeking really spectacular.

This undoubtedly had to be a motivating factor for Konami, who probably ultimately understood they were sitting down on an abandoned gold mine. Still, even though, they kept schtum and overlooked the endless wails. Right up until now.

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While these remakes are definitely not getting labored on by the likes of designer and author Yoshitaka Murayama, who is functioning on Eiyuden Chronicle, they have introduced again in initial character artist Junko Kawano. Which is interesting, as he is mentioned as operating on Eiyuden Chronicle much too.

IGN got maintain of some in-recreation footage from the remakes, where by you can see the enhanced sprites, new audio, up to date UI, and even rewritten English translation—something sorely lacking in the unique ‘90s releases. This is a huge deal, Suikoden followers!

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Oh boy, the sprite art in the fight sequence is just so very good!

At the very least one former Konami personnel has been reacting with shock at this announcement. Yuichi tweeted declaring, “While I nonetheless worked for Konami at E3 2015, I was advised to my face that there will under no circumstances been yet another Suikoden match because it just does not offer in the States and Europe.”

He included, “For all those who really don’t know there are 27 True Runes in the lore for Suikoden and only 18 have been discovered.” He states he attempted to hold the sequence alive for eight yrs at Konami, with no achievements, but believes that if these remasters demonstrate thriving, there’s hope a sixth match will be manufactured.

This suggests that, significant slips aside, 2023 must see the release of both equally Suikoden 1 and 2, alongside with Eiyuden Chronicle. Like buses they are.

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