Konami is bringing Suikoden I and II back with HD remasters to Switch next year
Officially announced at the Tokyo Game Show. Suikoden I as well as Suikoden II are eventually return. And not just with a simple port of both games, as they’re both being remastered in HD. Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Unification of runes and Dunana double pack of the first two games in the series, coming to Switch in 2023. As well as they are confirmed for the English release.
Released on the PlayStation in 1995 and 1998 respectively, Suikoden I and II are often considered the two best JRPGs on the system. This is the first game under the Suikoden name since the release of a Japanese PSP exclusive in 2012. Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki. HD remasters will also arrive on PS4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. The most famous aspect of the series is that you can recruit 108 Stars of Destiny, which will either become party members to use in battles, or allies to help you in your base, which you can build up as you play.
These remasters feature updated backgrounds and illustrations, with series artist Junko Cavano returning to help with the remastered portraits. New quality-of-life improvements included updated sound effects, autosave, a fast forward feature, and a conversation log. Suikoden I and II are often seen as a couple – you can transfer your save file from I to II for extra bonuses in the PS1 game, and many of the characters from I will appear in the sequel.
Konami has shared some comparison shots showing scenes from the PS1 game alongside the upcoming remaster, and you can certainly see the difference:
Here’s What Konami Shared About These Surprise Remasters From The Game Steam page:
The fate of a hero is written in the stars
Legendary JRPGs from Konami Suikoden I and Suikoden II are now remastered in HD!
History of Suikoden I
The once famous hero turns into a cruel tyrant, and the empire falls into decay.
The liberation army rises in an act of rebellion against despotic rule.
One by one, the 108 stars of Destiny gather to determine the course of history.
History of Suikoden II
The hero of our story and his friend Joey are members of the Unicorn Youth Brigade, which was involved in a long-running border dispute between the Highland Kingdom and the city-states of Joestown.
A few months earlier, a truth-finding agreement had been signed between the two forces, and both sides were pleased with the end of hostilities.
However, under the momentary peace, the fires of a new war continued to smolder …
Features of Suikoden I and Suikoden II HD
・All background illustrations have been updated to HD.
・Updated effects have breathed new life into pixel animation.
・New environmental sound effects to immerse yourself in this fantasy world
・Combat sound effects are now also HD and add a new level of realism.
・Recently added autosave
This means that Suikoden I & II and Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – the spiritual successor to Suikoden created by series creator Yoshitaka Murayama – will launch the same year. Suikoden fans eat in 2023.
You can also check out some screenshots from the game to see what the new backgrounds will look like. Some of them are amazing, if we say so ourselves. We become a little more emotional just by looking at them!
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification are coming to Switch next year and we’ll bring you more information as soon as we have it.
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