Officially announced at the Tokyo Game Show, Suikoden I and Suikoden II are finally back. And not just with a simple port of either game, 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, coming to Switch in 2023. And they are confirmed for an English release.
Released on 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 carry the Suikoden name since the 2012 Japanese exclusive PSP game, Gensō Suikoden: Tsumugareshi Hyakunen no Toki. The HD remasters will also come to PS4, Xbox One and PC via Steam.
These remasters provide updated backgrounds and illustrations, with series artist Junko Kawano returning to help with the reworked portraits. New quality-of-life additions included updated sound effects, auto-save, a fast-forward function and a call log. Suikoden I and II are often seen as a pair — you can transfer your save file from I to II to get extra bonuses in the PS1 game, and many characters from I appear in the sequel.
Here’s what Konami has to share about these surprise remasters from the game’s Steam page:
A hero’s fate 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-famous hero turns into a violent tyrant, and an empire falls into disrepair.
A liberation army rises in an act of rebellion against an oppressive regime.
One by one, the 108 stars of Destiny come together 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 took part in a long-running 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 whom were happy to see an end to the fighting.
Hidden beneath the momentary peace, however, the fires of a new war continued to smolder…
Features in Suikoden I and Suikoden II HD
・All background illustrations have been upgraded to HD
・ Updated effects breathe new life into the pixel art animation
・New environmental sound effects to immerse you in this fantasy world
・Battle SFX are now also HD, adding a new level of realism
・ Newly added auto save
・Battle Fast Forward
・ Call log
This means that Suikoden I & II, and Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes – Suikoden’s spiritual successor, created by series creator Yoshitaka Murayama – will launch in the same year. Suikoden fans eat in 2023.
You can also check out some screenshots from the game to see what the new backgrounds will look like. Some of them are striking, if we do say so ourselves. We get a little emotional just looking at them!
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification is coming to Switch next year and we’ll bring you more information as soon as we have it.
Are you a Suikoden fan? Excited to see the return of a classic duo? Let us know in the comments.