A huge online campaign has been successful after Konami have revealed that they are bringing Suikoden back via a digital release on the PlayStation Network.
Both Suikoden and Suikoden 2 will be released next month via the new PSOne Classic Range. Both titles are regarded as some of the best role-playing titles for home systems, with Suikoden originally released for PlayStation in 1997 and Suikoden 2 being released across Europe for the same format in 2000. They form the first two installments of the six-game series, With Suikoden following an unlikely hero as he attempts to locate the 108 Stars of Destiny that are needed to free his homeland. Official descriptions for both titles are as follows:
Suikoden’s hero, who can be named by the player, is the son of the Great General, Teo McDohl. With his Father summoned to the front in Northlands, the player begins the game undergoing guard training in Gregminster. Via an old frind, the player is charged with protecting the Rune of Life and Death; one of the 27 runes that govern the world, and which lead the hero to flee the capital. He duly encounters a rebel organization and embarks on a mission to find the Stars of Destiny – comrades needed to restore peace to the land, and to save the home they love.
Suikoden II centres on an orphan called Hero, his friend Jowy and his orphan sister, Nanami. This unlikely trio find themselves in the middle of a war between the Highland Kingdom and the City States. Thus, the three heroes embark on a journey that will question their preconceptions of life, society and war as they gather the famed 108 Stars of Destiny, initially introduced in the first game.
Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment B.V stated:
It is a testament to the content and quality of the Suikoden series that fans still talk about it, some 18 years later. We have received countless requests to revisit the series, so are delighted to be able to satiate its fans with these digital editions of the first two games. We hope people enjoy returning to the world of Suikoden, and that maybe its clever mechanics and engrossing story wins it a new fanbase.
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