The Japanese publisher Konami has announced as part of its Tokyo Game Show stream that it is currently in the process of remastering the classic PlayStation role-playing games in HD (as spotted by Nintendo Life). And don't worry, they're confirmed for an English release.
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification, is a collection of the first two games in the series and will be coming to PlayStation, Xbox, PC (via Steam), and Nintendo Switch, in 2023. This means it will potentially land in the same year as the Suikoden spiritual successor Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, which is being made by series creator Yoshitaka Murayama and a new team at Rabbit & Bear Studios.
The first Suikoden game was originally released for PlayStation in 1995, with a sequel Suikoden II following in 1998 for the same console. This new remastered collection will add upgraded backgrounds, with series artist Junko Kawano returning to help out with the art. The developer Konami is also planning to add a fast-forward function during battles, new environmental sound effects, and a conversation log.
Here's what Konami has shared about the game on its Steam page:
A hero's destiny is written in the Stars
The legendary Konami JRPGs Suikoden I and Suikoden II have now been remastered in HD!
The Story of Suikoden I
A once-renowned hero turns into a violent tyrant, and an empire falls into decline.
A Liberation Army is rising up in an act of rebellion against an oppressive rule. One by one the 108 stars of Destiny gather to shape the course of history.
The Story of Suikoden II
Our story's hero and his friend Jowy are members of the Unicorn Youth Brigade, which participated in a drawn-out border dispute between the Highland Kingdom and the City-States of Jowstown .
A few months earlier, a truth agreement was signed between the two forces, both of which were happy to see an end to the fighting.
However, hidden under the momentary peace the fires of a new war continued to smolder…
Features of Suikoden I & Suikoden II HD
・All background illustrations have been upgraded to HD
・Updated effects breathe new life into the pixel art animation
・New environmental sounds effects to immerse yourself in this fantasy world
・Battle SFX are also now HD and add a new level of realism
・Newly added auto-save
・Battle Fast Forward
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification will be coming out next year, so we'll strive to keep you updated as more information becomes available. For now, here are some of the screenshots that Konami has shared:
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