It’s unfortunate that Konami, a Japanese gambling company, owns the licence to Suikoden, one of the greatest video game series ever made. Still, fans haven’t given up yet.
The Suikoden Revival Movement, a wonderful group devoted to raising awareness and trying to bring life to Konami’s now-dormant RPG series, today launched a campaign called #SuikodenOnSteam. The goal: flood Konami on social media with requests to get these games on PC. There are already Windows versions of the first two Suikoden games in China, so it’s not exactly an unreasonable ask. The question is, will Konami care?
Even if it seems unlikely that this will result in much, I welcome the campaign nonetheless. I’ve long been a supporter of the Suikoden Revival Movement, which now has over 28,000 members and has even snagged an interview with series creator Yoshitaka Murayama. (Sadly, Murayama didn’t seem very interested in reviving the series on Kickstarter or through some other means.)
There are signs of life, though. Konami did release both Suikoden and Suikoden II on PS3 and Vita as PS1 Classics a couple of years back. At this point I think most fans have given up on the idea of a proper new game, but at the very least it’d be nice to be able to play them all on modern machines. Let the tweetstorms begin.