When Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes rocked up onto Kickstarter, the world went mad for what was being offered. Ten times the original goal was secured in funding, and work began on a hugely anticipated title. Today though, it’s all about the companion game, as Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising kicks off the series.
A side scrolling action RPG from 505 Games and Rabbit & Bear Studios, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising hits Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam, Epic, GOG) today, as well as dropping in to both Xbox and PC Game Pass.
It’s sold as a companion title to Hundred Heroes – you’re looking at a 2023 release for that – working a prequel angle to give us a little insight into the universe at hand.
With Rabbit & Bear Studios headed up by Yoshitaka Murayama, a creator of Suikoden, Rising drops players into a world that has been disrupted. You see, after a massive earthquake revealed Runebarrows deep below a town on the remote frontier of the Allraan known as New Nevaeh, fortune-seeking adventurers and merchants from across the world arrive. It’s here where you join three star-crossed heroes: CJ, the Venerable Scavenger, and Garoo, the Beastman Mercenary, hope to mine the Rune Lens, a source of magic hidden underground. Isha, the Young Deputy Mayor, wants to rebuild her town.
In Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising you’ll get the opportunity to delve deep into the ruins, mastering the combat that Rising deals in. Dashing in quick and striking with CJ’s climbing axes, slinging sorcery from afar as Isha, and punishing foes with Garoo’s gigantic sword will all be possible. You’ll also be able to topple imaginative bosses by swapping between each character and unleashing devastating Link Attacks combining each hero’s specialty, all while platforming through gorgeous 2.5D environments.
It’s the dungeon scavenging that will be key to Rising, and whatever you grasp here will play a part when Hundred Heroes releases in a year or so. Cross content includes special cosmetic items, valuable equipment, and trade goods, whilst you’ll be able to make a personal mark on the world of Eiyuden Chronicle by naming certain weapons and delicacies in Rising that will carry over to Hundred Heroes.
We’re currently mid-review process and will deliver out thoughts as to how Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising plays on Xbox in the coming days.
You can check it out for yourself by visiting the usual digital stores from today – the Xbox Store for those on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S (make the most of a Game Pass download whilst you’re there; the PlayStation Store for PS4 and PS5 players, the Nintendo eShop for Switch folk and any of Steam, Epic or GOG if you’re on PC. Expect to pay £12.99 or so.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising combines a thrilling adventure through ancient ruins with the tale of one town’s rise from the ashes. Drawn by lenses and other treasure in the nearby Runebarrows, our heroes learn that the town is struggling to rebuild after an earthquake and decide to help. Along the way, they’ll resolve disputes between eager adventurers and wary locals who don’t think the Barrows should be disturbed. And they’ll learn more about each other’s reasons for seeking treasure, deepening their bonds in the process. As you will learn, these Runebarrows hide a great secret that has fateful implications for one of the characters. What begins as a simple treasure hunt turns into a dark conspiracy that will shake the world and plant seeds that carry over into the main story of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. The game will introduce a portion of Eiyuden Chronicle’s cast of characters in an original story with thrilling action and engaging town-upgrading elements. There will be some perks for players that link the game with Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.