505 Games has partnered with Rabbit & Bear Studios to publish the Tokyo-based studios’ upcoming JRPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.
Featuring a unique setting, carefully crafted storyline and a massive cast of characters, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a celebration of the JRPG genre readily associated with studio lead Yoshitaka Murayama (Suikoden I & II) and director Osamu Komuta.
“We have dreamed of developing a game for genre fans for many years which also celebrates everything we love and have learned as game designers,” studio lead Yoshitaka Murayama said. “Our team is looking forward to working with 505 Games to bring our first of hopefully many games, Eiyuden Chronicle, to fans around the world.”
Originally announced as a Kickstarter campaign in July 2020, Eiyuden Chronicle surpassed its funding goal within its first day and went on to become the most successful campaign on Kickstarter for a video game in 2020. The game will feature a traditional 6-character battle system utilizing painstakingly created 2D sprites and gorgeous 3D backgrounds with a deep and intricate story written by master storyteller Murayama.
“Eiyuden Chronicle is both a throwback to the classic RPG games that have entertained millions and a modern, exciting tale of discovery and adventure featuring a cast of hundreds of fully realized characters,” said Yoshitaka Murayama, Studio Lead at Rabbit & Bear. ”Given 505 Games’ success and history with titles like Bloodstained and DEATH STRANDING and with the strong personal relationship we have developed with the people there, we feel we have the perfect partner.”
Rabbit & Bear Studios is a collective of talented creators and designers who have worked on a number of famous Japanese games: Yoshitaka Murayama, Osamu Komuta, Junko Kawano, Junichi Murakami, with Michiko Naruke and Motoi Sakuraba as production staff. These individuals have credits including Suikoden, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Wild Arms, and the “Tales of” series, and are considered pioneers in the field of JRPG (Japanese role-playing games). These franchises alone consist of multiple titles and millions of units sold.