Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising comes to PC in early May

For fans of the old Suikoden series, last year’s reveal of Eiyuden Chronicle: One Hundred Heroes it was really great news. This 2023 JRPG will be a spiritual successor to the classic PS1-era series and brings a vibrant mix of 2D and 3D JRPG tropes to modern platforms. But if JRPGs aren’t to your liking, and Metroidvanias are, the Hundred Heroes spin-off Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is probably more appealing. This smaller game now has a release date: May 10th.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is an action RPG set on a 2D plane, so expect a lot of skillful swordplay and a lot of winding exploration. But what makes it really stand out is the city-building element. Henry Stockdale played an initial build last month, and the gender mix seems to be working well. “City building in JRPGs is often an overshadowed accompaniment by the story or battle system,” wrote Henry, “but Rising is exploding into a proper first course.”

Rising serves as a prequel to Hundred Heroes, and while you’d expect its scope to be smaller than the 2023 game, it feels like a substantial Metroidvania in its own right. Not only that, but some of his actions will apparently influence the main game when it launches next year. “Clear dungeons and earn materials to rebuild New Nevaeh to its former glory and reap the benefits applicable to One Hundred Heroes when it launches in 2023,” reads the announcement in Steam.

You can check out a 28-minute gameplay video of Rising above. Eiyuden Chronicle Rising will launch on Steam and the Epic Games Store on May 10, but will also be released as part of the PC Game Pass, which is also getting Bugsnax coming soon.

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