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Ex-Suikoden director comments on the possible future of the series

Posted on June 25, 2014 AT 03:15pm

Former Suikoden director Yoshitaka Murayama has been a hard man to pin down in the decade-plus since he left Konami a month before Suikoden III released in Japan. The Suikoden Revival Movement, a fan group petitioning Konami to release new entries in the company’s flagship RPG franchise (either with or without Murayama’s involvement, though preferably the former), managed to score an interview with the man who now helms independent developer Blue Moon Studio.

While most of his answers were elusive, with the clear goal of not burning any potential bridges with his former employer, Murayama did shed some light on the current relationship between the two. He hasn’t ruled out a future collaboration and elaborates that Konami has “contacted me a few times with various offers, which never came to fruition.”

After Murayama’s 2002 departure, the Suikoden development team created two sequels in the complex, intrigue-infused franchise, using information provided in Murayama’s extensive series bible, but Konami hasn’t released a proper follow-up since 2006′s Suikoden V on the PS2.

The best news for hardcore Suikofans (for the record, EGM counts three of them on staff)? Murayama says this of the Suikoden Revival Movement: “I strongly believe [their] efforts are not in vain.” Since Konami holds the rights to the brand, there look to be two possible solutions here. The first option would be a Murayama-led, Mighty No. 9–style Kickstarter that would allow him to continue the spirit of Suikoden with an adventure set in a new universe.

The second solution is certainly what fans prefer, but it would require a lot more collaboration and planning. At this point, Konami likely isn’t willing to spend the money to internally develop a proper series follow-up, so development would need to be outsourced to a developer familiar with RPGs and the spirit of Suikoden, with Murayama contracted on a freelance basis to pen the story.

While this isn’t the solid news of Suikoden VI that fans have been waiting for, it’s clear the fandom and the Suikoden Revival Movement have gotten Konami and Murayama’s attention, and we might not have seen the last of the series—or Murayama’s involvement in it—after all.

Source: Suikoden Revival Movement

Andrew Fitch, Managing Editor
Andrew Fitch, a proud Japanese RPG and serial-comma enthusiast, has been attending E3 for more than a decade now. His least-proud moment? That time in 2004 when, suffering from utter exhaustion, he decided to take a break on the creepy, dilapidated—and possibly cursed—La-Z-Boy at Konami’s Silent Hill booth. Follow Andrew’s adventures in avoiding cursed furniture at his Twitter feed: @twittch. Meet the rest of the crew.

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