During the 2022 Tokyo Games Show, Konami shared an assortment of news, with one standout being the return of Suikoden with the Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Duncan Unification Wars for Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC. With the remaster, fans can look forward to various quality-of-life improvements not only in terms of graphics, but also sound design and character drawings as well.
Diving deeper into the improvements for Suikoden I&II in the press release, pixel sprites and environment art have been enhanced with new screen effects. Character portraits have been updated in HD with the original character designer for Suikoden back in 1995, Junko Kawano, re-drawing all of the portraits for Suikoden I HD Remaster Gate Rune War.
Sound improvements feature environmental sounds that weren’t in the original version “such as the sound of running water in the river, wind, insects, and running footsteps.” Battle sound effects are in HD now as well.
In terms of quality-of-life improvements, the remasters will now offer a dialogue log, auto-battle, auto-save, and double-speed battles. And for those who may be unfamiliar with Suikoden but who’ve had their curiosity piqued with Konami’s remaster announcement, you can learn more on the Steam page for Suikoden I&II HD, with the description noting:
Overall, it’s exciting to hear that Suikoden is getting some remaster love with the games set to be released sometime in 2023. Now that you're all caught up, what did you think of the announcement? Let us know in Chatty!
For more Tokyo Game Show week announcements, also be sure to read through our previous coverage including the full character roster reveal for Street Fighter 6, and the announcement of Like a Dragon 8 and Like a Dragon Gaiden at RPG Summit 2022.