Rabbit & Bear Studios hosted a closing stream last night as their Kickstarter campaign for planned JRPG Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes successfully ended. The game attracted over 46,000 backers who pledged a total of ¥481,621,841 (approximately $4.5 million), hitting a number of their planned stretch goals and becoming the third most-funded game on Kickstarter.
The game has been described as a spiritual successor to the Suikoden series of JRPGs, and a number of the development team worked on various installments of that series. Series creator Yoshitaka Murayama has brought back Junko Kawano (producer/writer, Suikoden IV) and Osamu Komuta (director, Suikoden Tierkreis) for a chance at creating a new property with the same feel as Suikoden.
Initially planned for a PC release, with console releases as a stretch goal, Eiyuden Chronicle now has several features and options added on due to the efforts of its backers. It is currently planned for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo's unspecified "Next Generation hardware." Localizations will include Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese. Mini-games such as fishing, cooking, and monster ranching have been added along with several game modes outside of the main campaign.
Hero Mode will let players put together a team from the available characters in the game and plumb the depths of randomly generated dungeons, risking exhaustion for glory (and maybe cool loot). Asynchronous Mode seems to be something of a misnomer, but the premise is that your particular party and fortress town become AI data which other players can test their skills against. Finally, side story DLC packs will give players the chance to see how the main campaign's story unfolds from opposite sides.
In their final campaign update, the developers thanked everybody who pledged, made a few points on potential issues with pledges, not processing, and let people know that they're taking a few days off before getting down to business to fulfill all the goals they set out.