Officially announced at the Tokyo Game Show, Suikoden I Y Suikoden II are Finally coming back. And not just with a simple port of both games, as they both get the HD remaster treatment. Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unificationa double pack of the first two games in the series, is coming to Switch in 2023. Y are confirmed for an English release.
Released for the PlayStation in 1995 and 1998 respectively, Suikoden I and II are often considered two of the best JRPGs on the system. This is the first game to bear the Suikoden name since the Japanese exclusive PSP game in 2012. Genso Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki. HD remasters are also coming to 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 become either party members to use in battles or allies to aid you in your base, which you can build up throughout the game.
These remasters bring updated backgrounds and artwork, with series artist Junko Kawano returning to help with revamped portraits. New quality-of-life additions included updated sound effects, auto-save, a fast-forward feature, and a conversation log. Suikoden I and II are often seen as a pair: you can transfer your save file from I to II for additional bonuses in the PS1 game, and many characters from I appear in the sequel.
Konami 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 had to share about these surprise remasters of the game. steam page:
The fate of a hero is written in the stars
Konami’s legendary JRPGs Suikoden I and Suikoden II have now been remastered in HD!
The story of Suikoden I
A once renowned hero becomes a violent tyrant and an empire falls into decline.
A Liberation Army rises up in an act of rebellion against an oppressive government.
One by one, the 108 stars of Destiny come together to shape the course of history.
The story of Suikoden II
The hero of our story and his friend Jowy are members of the Unicorn Youth Brigade, which participated in a protracted border dispute between the Highland Kingdom and the City-States of Jowstown.
A few months before, a real agreement was signed between the two forces, which were happy to see the end of the fight.
However, hidden under the momentary peace, the fires of a new war continued to burn…
Characteristics of Suikoden I and Suikoden II HD
・All background illustrations have been upgraded to HD
・Updated effects breathe new life into pixel art animation
・New ambient sound effects to immerse you in this fantasy world
・Battle SFX are now also HD and add a new level of realism
・Newly added auto save
・Battle Fast Forward
This means that Suikoden I and II, and Eiyuden Chronicle: One Hundred Heroes The spiritual successor to Suikoden, created by series creator Yoshitaka Murayama, will be released in the same year. Suikoden fans are eating in 2023.
You can also check out some screenshots of the game to see what the new backgrounds will look like. Some of them are eye-catching if we do say so ourselves. We get a little excited just looking at them!
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification will be out on Switch next year, and we’ll bring you more information as soon as we have it.
Are you a fan of Suikoden? Excited to see the return of a classic duo? Let us know in the comments.