Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a spiritual Suikoden successor from series developers Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano, launched its Kickstarter campaign earlier today. It didn't take long for it to get funded either.
Within two hours, Eiyuden Chronicle cleared its initial funding goal of $509,713. That's not the end of the road for it; there are still 31 days left in the campaign, and plenty of time for backers to hop on for their copy of the game. The team's current estimated delivery is Oct. 2022, so either way, it'll be a wait before we see the final result of the crowdfunding campaign. It was at least popular enough to apparently break Kickstarter for a moment.
Announced last week, Eiyuden Chronicle looks to combine an older style of RPG design with a modern look, putting 2D sprites against 3D backgrounds. It's reminiscent of retro-nostalgic RPG Octopath Traveler, though this Suikoden successor is still iffy on whether it will actually head to the Switch.
In Rabbit and Bear Studios' Kickstarter campaign statement, it addresses the question of which console platforms Eiyuden Chronicle will be coming to. Its current lineup lists Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and "Nintendo's next generation console."
The studio says that the "elephant in the room" is what Nintendo's plans are, in relation to Eiyuden's planned release of Oct. 2022. It cites previous examples of crowdfunding campaigns where listing a "lower spec hardware" resulted in costly development. While the studio doesn't name any names, you don't have to look far to find suboptimal Switch ports that came from big Kickstarter campaigns.
Rabbit and Bear says that if the console stretch goal is cleared, the studio will create a version of the game for Nintendo hardware. What that is will be determined by what's available at the time.
"Hopefully, that will be something akin to a Switch 2, allowing for similar quality and gameplay experience across all platforms," the campaign statement reads. "In the end, if no such console is announced by the time we need to create new console version branches, we will go through the major challenges of the aforementioned texture changes and code rewrites, or refund any backers who pledged to the platform, if there is absolutely no solution."
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is well on its way to clearing the $1 million mark for consoles support, so we'll see if a mythical Switch 2 is out by then. Considering how long a Switch Pro has been rumored for, I'd say the odds aren't too terrible.