Suikoden footage shows the gang fighting a skeleton dragon.

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Long silence on it Suicoden games have been mystifying us, you, and everyone for more than a decade. But Konami is mysteriously moving, and last night at the Tokyo Game Show, the company threw everyone off their feet by announcing surprise remasters of the first two games coming next year.

It’s been ten years since the last time Suicoden game and that was it Gensō Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no TokiReleased on PSP, only in Japanese. A fan-made English translation came out last yearbut people in the know assumed the series had been abandoned.

A shot from Suikode's trailer, two characters jumping off a cliff into the night.

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He pushed this case further crowd funded the success of Eiyuden Chronicle: One Hundred Heroesspiritual heir Suicoden series created by the original developers. By June last year, it had raised an eye-watering $4.5 million. and it already looks very impressive.

This should certainly have been a motivating factor for Konami, who perhaps finally realized they were sitting on an abandoned gold mine. Nevertheless, they remained dumbfounded and ignored the endless cries. Until now.

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Although it’s not being worked on by the likes of designer and writer Yoshitaka Murayama, who worked on the remakes. Chronicle of Eiyuden, they brought back the original character artist Junko Kawano. Interestingly, he is working on it Chronicle of Eiyuden too.

IGN You’ve got some in-game footage from the remakes where you can see improved sprites, new sounds, an updated UI, and even a rewritten English translation – something sorely missing from the original 90s releases. This is a great thing Suicoden fans!

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Oh boy, the sprite art in the fight sequence is so good!

At least one former Konami employee reacted with shock to the announcement. Yuichi tweeted: “While I was still working for Konami at E3 2015, I was told to my face that it would never happen again. Suicoden game because it just isn’t sold in the US or Europe.

He added, “For those who don’t know, there are 27 True Runes in lore Suicoden and only 18 have been discovered.” He says Konami tried to keep the series alive for eight years without success, but believes there is hope for a sixth game if these remasters are successful.

This means that, barring major slippages, 2023 should see the release of both Suicoden 1 and 2together with Chronicle of Eiyuden. They are like buses.

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