For fans of the old Suikoden series, last year’s reveal of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes was big news indeed. That 2023 JRPG will be a spiritual successor to the classic PS1-era series, and it brings a vibrant mix of 2D and 3D JRPG tropes to modern platforms. But if JRPGs aren’t to your taste, and Metroidvanias are, Hundred Heroes’ spin-off Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is probably more enticing. That smaller game now has a release date: May 10.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is an action-RPG on a 2D plane, so expect lots of dextrous sword fighting and plenty of meandering exploration. But what makes it really stand out is the town building element. Henry Stockdale played an early build last month, and the combination of genres seems to be working well. “Town building in JRPGs is so often a side dish overshadowed by the story or the battle system,” Henry wrote, “but Rising is blowing it up into a proper first course.”