505 Games has partnered with Rabbit & Bear Studios to publish the Tokyo-based studio’s upcoming JRPG (Japanese roleplaying game), Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. Originally announced as a Kickstarter campaign in July 2020, Eiyuden Chronicle surpassed its funding goal within the first day and went on to become the most successful video game Kickstarter campaign in 2020.
Featuring a fantastical setting, carefully crafted storyline and a massive cast of characters, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a celebration of the JRPG genre readily associated with studio lead Yoshitaka Murayama (Suikoden I & II) and director Osamu Komuta.
“We dreamed of making a game for JRPG fans that celebrates everything we love about the genre and lets us highlight everything we’ve learned as game developers over the years,” Studio Lead at Rabbit & Bear Studios Yoshitaka Murayama said. “505 Games is the perfect partner for us and we look forward to working with them to bring Eiyuden Chronicle, and potential future projects, to fans around the world.”
Eiyuden Chronicle will feature a traditional six-character battle system utilizing painstakingly created 2D sprites and gorgeous 3D backgrounds with a deep and intricate story written by master storyteller, Murayama.
“Eiyuden Chronicles is a throwback to the classic RPG games that millions love and a modern tale of discovery and adventure with hundreds of fully realized characters,” said Yoshitaka Murayama, Studio Lead at Rabbit & Bear Studios. “505 Games’ history with games such as Bloodstained and DEATH STRANDING show they have a strong track record and the experience necessary to help make Eiyuden Chronicles a genuine JRPG hit.”
Rabbit & Bear Studios is a collective of talented creators and designers who have worked on a number of iconic Japanese games: Yoshitaka Murayama, Osamu Komuta, Junko Kawano, Junichi Murakami, with Michiko Naruke and Motoi Sakuraba as production staff. These individuals have credits including Suikoden, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Wild Arms, and the “Tales of” series, and are considered pioneers in the field of JPRG. These franchises alone consist of multiple titles and millions of units sold.