Two spiritual successors to the fan-favorite RPG series are teaming up for a “Double Kickstarter.” To be inspired by Suikoden Successor Chronicle of EiyudenWild Bunch Production’s Armed Fantasia: To the End of the Desert is a successor to the western-themed JRPG series wild arms. Yukikaze and Studio Wildrose’s Penny Blood follows in the footsteps of shadow hearts, which mixes horror and historical fiction. Both wild arms and shadow hearts, albeit lesser-known series, developed dedicated cult followings in part because they offered fans of the gaming genre something different from the usual fantasy or sci-fi settings. Both of these Kickstarter projects have staff who worked on the series that inspired them, including wild arms creator Akifumi Kaneko and shadow hearts designer Matsuzo Machida. Each game is seeking $750,000 in crowdfunding support. That’s not a lot for a video game, which can mean projects will be bought by established publishers if they get the funding they seek.
Supporters can choose which game to support, or support both, but the “Double Kickstarter” will use a “Combo Meter” to unlock certain stretch goals, which basically means that supporting one or the other game somewhat helps the other. Contributions for one title will be used to unlock “Combo Meter content” for both games.
Here is the synopsis of Army fantasy“In a remote corner of this world lies the land of Londenium, where a young man named Ingram loses his grandfather; the last binds him to his hometown. With no other reason to stay, and hoping to Reconnecting with his childhood friend, Ingram embarks on a new adventure as the Pathfinder, a branch of adventurers who wield the powerful ARM (Aether Reaction Maximizer) weapons to eliminate the Anomalies that are ravaging the land.Ingram’s journey will lead him to traverse fates with many new friends and foes, and become embroiled in a monumental battle that will strike at Londenium’s past and future.”
And here is the one for Penny Blood: “Penny BloodThe story begins with Matthew Farrell, a lone wolf private investigator in New York working for the Bureau of Investigation. Although he hates the cursed powers he inherited from his father, he uses his fusion transformation abilities to hunt down monsters at the behest of the Bureau. One day, Matthew is assigned to investigate a strange incident in a mental asylum in New York. After rushing to the asylum, he finds it teeming with grotesque, rampaging creatures. Using his hidden power, Matthew manages to pull off a narrow victory. In order to uncover the truth behind the bizarre incident, Matthew’s investigation will take him from America to the faraway continent of Asia, including Japan and China, as well as the farthest corners of Europe. . Along the way, he will encounter those who fight for revenge, those who seek to use the Aberrant Horrors for their own gain, and those who simply wish to destroy. Penny Blood tells the story of a man who must become what he seeks to conquer.”
wild arms was a Sony franchise developed by Media. Vision. It debuted with the release of the original wild arms video game for PlayStation in 1996. Each wild arms The game is set in the western world of Filgaia (though each game’s version of Filgaia differs from its predecessors). There were five main wild arms games released on PlayStation and PlayStation 2, plus Wild Arms Alter Code: Fan enhanced PlayStation 2 remake of the first PlayStation game, and APC Savage Weapons, a tactical spin-off for the PlayStation Portable. There were also several tie-in products, including toys, anime, and manga.
Sacnoth (later known as Nautilus) developed the shadow hearts trilogy (shadow hearts, Shadow Hearts: Congregationand Shadow Hearts: From the New World) for the PlayStation 2 as sequels to the PlayStation horror RPG Koudelka. Further sequels were planned but never materialized after publisher Aruze absorbed the developer. The games were set in the late 19th and early 20th century, often featuring real historical figures and tasking their protagonists with solving mysteries involving horror elements.
You can read interviews with the game developers at RPG Fan, RPGamerand Gematsu. The “Double Kickstarer” officially launches on August 29.