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Eiyuden Chronicle Sequel Transferring Ahead Regardless of Demise of Its Creator




The staff at Rabbit & Bear Studios is constant with the event of a brand new Eiyuden Chronicle sequel following the loss of life of sequence creator Yoshitaka Murayama.

The studio opened up about its future and what’s subsequent for the Eiyuden Chronicle sequence in a current Reddit AMA performed with Studio Head and Character Designer Junko Kawano, Director and System Designer Osamu Komuta, and Artwork Director and Producer Junichi Murakami. With the discharge of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes solely days away, followers have been fast to ask about how the staff would possibly proceed with out Murayama on the helm. Rabbit & Bear acknowledges the unlucky passing of their former studio head however hopes to hold his legacy into the long run.

“It is rather unhappy that Murayama shouldn’t be with us anymore, however we have now mentioned many issues with him.”

“We’re transferring ahead with a sequel,” the studio stated. “It is rather unhappy that Murayama shouldn’t be with us anymore, however we have now mentioned many issues with him. I hope we will keep on Murayama’s legacy, and I all the time wish to treasure his final work. I hope many individuals will help this recreation.”

How precisely the sequence might proceed relies on many components, together with how Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes will promote when it launches subsequent week. Rabbit & Bear says that it mentioned some potentialities with Murayama earlier than he handed.

Respecting the Suikoden creator means staying true to a number of the design selections he made throughout Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes’ growth. When one Reddit person urged Rabbit & Bear implement extra choices to save lots of their progress, the studio defined how present the design sticks to Murayama’s imaginative and prescient. A restricted autosave function was finally added in however solely as a result of the staff felt it may very well be included with out tweaking Murayama’s “idea of play.”

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes launches next week.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes launches subsequent week.

“Murayama all the time stated that taking part in RPG dungeons is a recreation of useful resource administration,” Rabbit & Bear stated, “and that he needed to create a stress degree by clearly separating ‘preparation,’ by which Gamers put together gear and objects after they arrive in a brand new city, and ‘problem,’ by which Gamers tackle new dungeons and enemies. The save level system permits saving solely at particular areas within the dungeon, thereby making a stress till you attain the save level, a satisfaction when reaching it, and a gradual reduction while you do attain it.”

Murayama’s passing was introduced on the Eiyuden Chronicle X/Twitter account earlier this yr. On the time, the social media web page revealed that the Rabbit & Bear head had handed on February 6, 2024, following problems with an ongoing sickness.

One person took the AMA as a chance to not ask the staff a query however, as a substitute, move alongside their ideas and condolences following Murayama’s passing.

“Thanks very a lot, everybody,” Rabbit & Bear replied. “The disappointment of our followers is being shared with your complete RB staff. We’re additionally one in every of you.”

The studio additionally defined that it was proud to have introduced Murayama’s imaginative and prescient to life, occurring to share a number of the staff’s fondest recollections with him: “Regardless of how unHealthy Murayama’s temper or his well being, he was all the time completely satisfied and smiling as quickly as he noticed the enjoyment and pleasure of his followers. I do know that he liked you all.”

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes launches for PC, Nintendo Change, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Sequence X | S, in addition to Xbox Recreation Cross, on April 23.

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