The Suikoden series contains two of the most revered golden-era RPGs of all time. However, those original games are effectively 25 years old at this point. Thankfully, they’re about to get another chance in the spotlight. Players both young and old will soon get to experience the start of the series in the Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unifaction Wars. Yes, the title is a mouthful. All the same, Suikoden is one of few classic properties still under the Konami brand that fans actually care about. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming collection.
Suikoden and Suikoden II Remasters
The first Suikoden released in 1995, and the sequel Suikoden II came out three years later. Developed for the original PlayStation, these RPGs didn’t reach quite as many players as they deserved. Hopefully the upcoming remasters are going to change that.The new collection will be made available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and even the Nintendo Switch. If you missed the chance before, you shouldn’t have any excuses now.
Being remastered, players can expect new HD visuals, including updated character portraits from Junko Kawano. There are also a few modern conveniences to be found, such as automatic battling and enhanced sound.
Alongside other RPG games of the era, the Suikoden gained popularity through its visuals, scale, and detailed gameplay. Despite being a Japanese game, the story is inspired by a Chinese novel named Water Margin. It follows the journey of a hero who gathers allies to support their decision in joining the imperial army. However, they soon come to learn that the Empire in which they serve is corrupt and destructive, building power through slavery and corruption. It’s up to the player to lead their colorful party on a journey to take down the Empire and bring peace to the world.
Both Suikoden and Suikoden II are considered classics that still hold up by today’s gaming standards. It only makes sense that Konami would decide to remaster them for newer consoles. All the same, there’s no firm release date just yet. Players will have to wait until 2023 to see how well these classics have held up.