Eiyuden Chronicle is now passing another milestone, raising over $4.5 million on Kickstarter. The title is now the most successfully funded JRPG on the platform.
Eiyuden Chronicle was a success on its first day of crowdfunding. The project garnered as much as US$1.5 million [AU$2.04 million] on its first 24 hours. The game started with a small goal of US$500,000 [AU$678,700].
Eiyuden is the spiritual successor to Suikoden
The Eiyuden Kickstarter is a success in the making from the get-go. The entire project started with two legendary Japanese devs, namely Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano. Both devs worked on the Suikoden series, which is among the best JRPG titles ever.
The teaser footage promised lofty goals, creating the spiritual successor to Suikoden. The game plays as a 2D sidescrolling JRPG with a dynamic combat display. Players can interact with the 3D world, and combat is both deep and nostalgic.
The Kickstarter gained steam immediately, building as much as $1.5 million on its first 24 hours. The game garnered more than $2 million on its first 48 hours and consistently gained more backers.
As more backers pitched in, the devs also added more stretch goals. Eiyuden added more heroes to its more than 100 character roster. It added nostalgic mini-games, fishing, cooking, and more in-game content.
Now as the 30-day campaign ends, the project received US$4.57 million [AU$ 6.2 million]. Through the process, the dev team also promised the kitchen sink of RPG titles. At the moment, it’s only behind Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire among raised.
Eiyuden tapped rabid, passionate fanbase
Eiyuden Chronicle’s ultra-successful campaign tapped into the nostalgia of 90s JRPG fans everywhere. Suikoden, Eiyuden’s spiritual predecessor, is such a big deal among its fans. It’s so good that even Koji Igarashi of Castlevania fame helped with the campaign.
Suikoden was never as popular as Castlevania in the West. Even then, the title has a dedicated fan base, likely second in size to Chrono Trigger fans everywhere. Much of the game offered a mature take on games, something many players appreciated.
Suikoden was unafraid to show oppression, betrayal, and unrest to its players. The game as a whole treated its fans, not as teenagers, but as adults resolving a complicated world. The sheer depth of story and gameplay the game had made it a classic.
Now, it’s a waiting game to see what happens with Eiyuden Chronicle. The game sets out a 2022 release date, and will likely meet the hype. If the game is anything like Igarashi’s Bloodstained, fans are in for a treat.
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