Publisher 505 Games and indie developer Rabbit & Bear Studios have released Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising on PC, PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox ($14.99).
Rising was designed as a smaller prequel and companion game to next year’s bigger JRPG, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, a spiritual successor to the classic Suikoden series (full disclosure: I was a Kickstarter backer for Hundred Heroes). Hundred Heroes isn’t due to release until 2023, however.
Unlike Hundred Heroes, Rising is a 2.5D, side-scrolling action-RPG. It stars three companions from the upcoming RPG, treasure-hunter CJ, mercenary Garoo, and spellcaster Isha. Each has their own abilities and fighting style. Players can swap between them on the fly to combo their attacks.
The prequel introduces us to the world of Allraan and the nearly destroyed town of New Neveah. To help the townsfolk rebuild, our heroes will venture into forests, atop mountains, and under ancient ruins to acquire artifacts and resources. By helping the people in town, you can unlock new gear and rebuild shops for trading.
Players who then purchase Hundred Heroes on the same platform can enjoy unique rewards that carry over, including equipment and cosmetic items.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is available now on PC (Steam, GOG, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. It’s also on PC and Xbox Game Pass. It’s rated E10+ with fantasy violence, mild language, and alcohol use.