Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is coming to PC, console and Game Pass

When Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes has landed on Kickstarter, the world went crazy for what was on offer. Ten times the original goal was secured in funding and work began on a highly anticipated title. Today, however, it’s all about the companion game, because Chronicle of Eiyuden: Rising start the series.

A side-scrolling action-RPG from 505 Games and Rabbit & Bear Studios, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising arrives today on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam, Epic, GOG) , as well as both Xbox and PC Game Pass.

It’s being sold as a companion title to Hundred Heroes – you’re looking at a 2023 release for that – working from a prequel angle to give us a little taste of the universe at hand.

With Rabbit & Bear Studios led by Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama, Rising immerses players in a world that has been disrupted. You see, after a massive earthquake revealed runebarrows deep within a city on the remote Allraan border known as New Nevaeh, adventurers and fortune-seeking merchants from all over the world arrive. It’s here that you join three cursed heroes: CJ, the Venerable Scavenger, and Garoo, the Beastman Mercenary, who hope to harness the Rune Lens, a source of magic hidden underground. Isha, the young deputy mayor, wants to rebuild her city.

In Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the ruins, mastering the combat that Rising deals with. Dash fast and strike with CJ’s climbing axes, cast sorcery from afar like Isha, and punish foes with Garoo’s gigantic sword, it’s all possible. You’ll also be able to topple imaginative bosses by switching between characters and unleashing devastating Link attacks that combine each hero’s specialty, all while platforming in beautiful 2.5D environments.

It’s dungeon clearing that will be key in Rising, and whatever you grab here will play a part when Hundred Heroes releases in a year or so. Crossover content includes special cosmetic items, valuable gear, and trade goods, while you’ll be able to leave your personal mark on the world of Eiyuden Chronicle by naming certain weapons and treats in Rising that will carry over to Hundred Heroes.

We’re currently halfway through the review process and we’ll let you know our thoughts on 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 while you’re at it; the Play store for PS4 and PS5 players, the Nintendo Online Store for Switch folk and Steam, Epic or GOG if you are on PC. Expect to pay around £12.99.

Description of the game:

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising combines a thrilling adventure through ancient ruins with the story of a city’s rebirth from its ashes. Lured by lentils and other treasures 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 keen adventurers and wary locals who don’t think the Barrows should be bothered. And they’ll learn more about each other’s reasons for searching for treasure, deepening their connections 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 will continue into the main story of Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. The game will feature some of the cast of characters from Eiyuden Chronicle in an original story with thrilling action and engaging city-upgrading elements. There will be benefits for players who associate the game with Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes.

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Raymond I. Langston