Ubisoft cancelled their big fantasy game
Ubisoft hired Mike Laidlaw, who designed the Dragon Age series, to work on their next big IP, an Arthurian adventure game called Avalon – but Serge Hascoët cancelled it.
It’s pretty unusual for single executives to make big decisions like that, and people close to the project claimed Hascoët wanted Avalon to be “better than Tolkien,” and set the bar incredibly high. Hascoët is apparently not a big fan of fantasy settings, which is probably why he didn’t like the project
- Hascoët reportedly turned down fantasy games before Avalon
- Avalon supposedly featured a Monster Hunter-esque multiplayer world
- Serge Hascoët recently resigned from Ubisoft after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct
Gone for good? The developers tried to salvage Avalon by reworking the setting, but both the Greek mythology and science fiction ideas were shut down. The developers were apparently incredulous that Ubisoft would cancel a major project simply because of the setting.
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The 100 warriors of the golden age
Suikoden was originally released on PlayStation in 1995, and is fondly remembered as one of the greatest JRPGs from what was arguably the genre’s golden age.
Suikoden’s story revolves around political struggles in the Scarlet Moon Empire, and you assume the role of a Scarlet Moon Empire general’s son as he sets out on a quest to find 108 warriors. Since Eiyuden Chronicles is a spiritual successor, it also features 100 characters.
Spiritual sequel to Suikoden successfully funded on Kickstarter in less than a day
The Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes Kickstarter launched yesterday and has already smashed through its $500,000 goal.
Yoshitaka Murayama and Junko Kawano, two of the developers who created the Suikoden series, are behind Eiyuden Chronicle and their goal is to create a brand new JRPG experience.
They promise a deep story revolving around 100 intricately intertwined characters, 6 of which can be in your party at any time. Visually, the game resembles Octopath Traveller, mixing old-school sprite work with 3D backgrounds and modern post-processing.
- Suikoden writer Yoshitaka Murayama is responsible for Eiyuden Chronicle’s story
- The Kickstarter goal is $500,000 but console ports will cost over $1,000,000
- They are not sure if the game will run on Switch, but they hope there will be a next-gen Switch by 2022
What platforms? Since the Kickstarter has reached the $1,000,000 mark, Eiyuden Chronicle will appear on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and whatever Nintendo’s next console is named. Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is scheduled to launch in October 2022.