Konami has released high quality screenshots showing the difference between the original releases of Suikoden I (1995) and II (1998) for the Playstation, and the upcoming HD Remaster, Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune & Dunan Unification Wars which was newly announced at Tokyo Game Show 2022.
Official website (English): https://www.konami.com/games/genso/rem/1_2/us/en-us/
The Suikoden series began with the first Suikoden game, originally released as Gensou Suikoden in Japan in 1995. Very loosely based on the classic Chinese epic Shuihu Zhuan (“Suikoden” in Japanese; the Japanese title “Gensou Suikoden” thus means “Fantasy Shuihu Zhuan”), the game sees the player gather 108 comrades in a battle against the oppression of the Scarlet Moon Empire.
The sequel, Gensou Suikoden II, was released in Japan in 1998, and focused on the conflict between two friends who find themselves on opposing sides of a war. The story and its characters, especially villain Luca Blight, left strong impressions on players that remain to this day.
Suikoden I world map
Suikoden II Highland youth brigade camp
Suikoden II story sequence
Several other screenshots were provided, though without shots of the original versions for comparison:
The HD remaster of Suikoden I also features new character portraits by the original character designer, Kono Junko.
Other New Features
In addition to improved graphics, Suikoden I & II HD Remaster will feature improved environmental sound effects described as including the sound of flowing rivers, wind, insect cries, and footsteps; remastered battle sound effects; and new system level-features such as a text backlog, auto battle mode, high speed in battles, and more.
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune & Dunan Unification Wars has been announced for a 2023 release for the PS4, Xbox One, Steam, and Switch.
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