There are always crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter that stand out from the crowd of board games or video games. Sometimes because they are particularly innovative; sometimes because they continue successful series; but sometimes also because they set new records for financing. The video game Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is one of those projects that has been financed not only successfully, but extremely successfully.
The Kickstarter for the role-playing game Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes failed just under the four million mark. Expressed in yen, the sum looks much more impressive: around 481.621.841 more than 46.000 fans have pumped into the funding campaign, which has now ended, of course successfully. The developers wanted to raise around 430.000 euros in order to even be able to realize Eiyuden Chronicle, so in the end it was almost exactly nine times as much.
Role play is considered the ideal successor to the Suikoden series
The project ranks third among the most successful video games on Kickstarter. Before that, only Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night and Shenmue 3 rank, both in principle continuations of popular series or - in the case of Bloodstained more precisely an ideal continuation of the Castlevania series.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is something like the ideal successor to Konami's Suikoden series, the first title of which appeared in 1995. It then turned into an entire franchise with video games and comics, especially manga. The video snippets of Eiyuden Chronicle shown so far are quite respectable and rely on the charm of classic JRPGs.
During the Crowdfunding Campaign the developers at Rabbit & Bear Studios had to make improvements when it became apparent that the originally targeted financing target would be exceeded by far. New stretch goals have therefore been added subsequently. including new characters, orchestral music or gameplay enhancements, such as a card battle mode or a duel system.
The pitch video for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes:
How successful Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is worldwide can be seen from the planned localizations. In addition to the original version, there will also be translations for the Korean, Brazilian, Portuguese or Russian languages.
A central factor in the Japano RPG are the many different characters. The creator Yoshitaka Murayama is also involved in the development. In terms of style, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is reminiscent of role-playing games like Square Enix 'Octopath Traveler. 2D characters are combined with three-dimensional game environments.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is expected to appear for Xbox ne, Playstation 4, Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, also a version for Nintendos possible next-gen offshoot of the Nintendo Switch is under discussion. The release of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is planned for October 2022.