Campain Hub New Member: Suikoden Revival Movement

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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On December 15th, 1995, Konami released one of the Playstation’s first RPGs, Genso Suikoden. Like many of the other RPGs at the time, it was initially treated as fodder to feed gamers while they waited for Square’s next behemoth, Final Fantasy VII. Still, there was a certain charm to Genso Suikoden that most of its peers didn’t impart. Its plot was more mature and political, its world was well developed and rife with elements of Western High Fantasy, its music was unique and memorable, and its recruitable cast consisted of an unheard of one hundred and eight characters. As the series developed over the years, Genso Suikoden became increasingly cited as one of the greatest RPG franchises of all time with the praise often directed at its massive and diverse setting (which was built upon with each installment) as well as its healthy respect for the consequences of war.


However, after five numbered installments, Konami chose to do something drastic: a reboot. Abusing the concept of The Infinity (an idea in the series lore that there are millions of different worlds out there), the exciting setting that had made Genso Suikoden so unique in the first place was left behind along with numerous lingering plot threads. Released in 2009, Genso Suikoden Tierkreis was poorly received by series fans for its black-and-white plot, unlikeable characters, and unbalanced gameplay. While the reboot has left an unsavory taste in the mouths of longtime fans, the reason for it is clear: Genso Suikoden has always been a niche series. However, this has been due to a lack of awareness and availability of the titles and Konami’s attempt to attract new fans by rebooting it is only doing more harm than good.

With the scalability and convenience of digital distribution, there is a lot of new potential for this franchise to reach a new generation of gamers in its classic form on a variety of platforms. While the franchise’s first entry is available on the Japanese and American Playstation Networks as a Playstation Classic, this is not sufficient. Too many potential fans are still cut off and there are also still a number of quality entries in the series that are completely unavailable to anyone.


And this is where we want to act. We want to show Konami that this classic franchise can be profitable again while giving the fans what they want. We want to show Konami a united fan-base that is active and full with love for these great games. We want to encourage Konami to give Westerners an opportunity to purchase more of the series merchandise that has never been released outside of Japan before. Moreover, we want to show Konami how willing Genso Suikoden fans are to give them their money.

We are the Suikoden Revival Movement and we want gamers everywhere to experience this classic franchise the way it was meant to be.

  • Ged

    Awesome. Greatest games of all time.

  • heck yeah about time all the fans of suikoden unite!

  • All of my yes! I want this series to continue so bad, it’s my favorite story/world out of any of the game series I’ve played.

  • Time ta Gatha da Waaagh boyz!

  • Even though the story isn’t as good as Suikoden, I think Tiekreis gets a too big ammount of sht. Handheld games are mostly made for kids, and Tierkreis is not different.

    On the other hand, I would love to be able to buy Suikoden I , II , III, IV and V and of course I still long for a sixth installation of the game. But for now, Tierkreis was not as bad as I thought it would be after reading about it. I appreciated the simple graphics and the simple story was made for children who have a harder time seeing grey.

    A Tierkreis 2 would be better than another Final Fantasy game for DS, seriously, there is no depth in most of those game. The alt. ending in Suikoden II beats everything ever made. Not any other game has touched me like that. For you who havent seen it:

    Part I:
    Part II :
    Part III :
    PS. No this is not if you get 108 stars or not. This is a ending with you abandoning your cause.

    • Though I am apart of this movement I agree fully. I loved Tierkreis. While the localization wasn’t handled the best I felt that it was a much needed breath of fresh air that the series needed. It streamlined alot of things, had great music, good anime cut scenes, and was a much better game than IV was! I too would be down for another Tierkreis game. Maybe one that was a bit more involved and on a main console. But that aside sometimes I think we forget that they just released a PSP game that will never come here…….it seems too have been as forgotten as Final Fantasy Type-O

  • No one remembers Centennial Tapestry even though it came out last year. RIP