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Yoshitaka Murayama, Creator of Suikoden Game, Passes Away

Picture Courtesy Eiyuden Chronicle game’s Twitter account

Rabbit & Bear Studios delivered the unfortunate news on their website on Wednesday that Yoshitaka Murayama, the scenario writer and studio chief,
Yoshitaka Murayama
passed away on February 6 from complications related to an ongoing illness. Details regarding the nature of Murayama’s illness were not disclosed.

Murayama was intensely involved in the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes game, considered a spiritual sequel to his iconic Suikoden games, serving as both the scenario writer and game designer. The announcement from Rabbit & Bear Studios expressed that while Murayama had completed his work on the game, his colleagues and friends are deeply affected by the fact that he will not witness the reaction of the game’s fans.

The studio assured that they will honor Murayama’s vision and legacy in the game and mentioned that they would share additional details in the future about the studio’s organizational restructuring and adjustment of some of the Kickstarter rewards.

Rabbit & Bear Studios also conveyed the gratitude of Murayama’s family for the well wishes and support of his fans. At the same time, the family has requested privacy during this difficult period and politely declined any gifts, letters, or forms of sympathy sent their way.

Set for release on April 23, the Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes (Hyaku Eiyūden) role-playing game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam, Epic and GOG. The game’s release, originally planned for 2023, has been pushed back to the second quarter of 2024 to ensure the most compelling story and superior gaming experience.

The Kickstarter project for the main game ranked as the third most-funded game on the platform (following Shenmue 3 and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night) in August 2020. The campaign managed to secure 481,621,841 yen (US$4,571,418).

Murayama collaborated for the first time with Junko Kawano, one of his partners from the Suikoden I and Suikoden IV days, in creating the game. Murayama, credited as the scriptwriter and game designer, teamed up with Kawano, who took on the role of the character designer.

Konami brought out Murayama’s Suikoden I game for the PlayStation in 1995, succeeded by Suikoden II in 1998. The popular series comprises five main entries and five spin-off titles. Konami revealed plans in 2022 to launch an HD remaster of the first two games under the title Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars for 2023, but the release has been postponed to an undetermined date.

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