A cult hit in the late nineties, this Japanese RPG combined anime inspired artwork, compelling game play and the potential to harness an entire army of heroes in your battle across the map for supremacy has finally returned to gamers screens across the world and soon also here in Australia thanks to the dauntless efforts of its fans. We admire this sort of plucky never say die attitude, even if in the end it wasn’t a remake and more of a straight port onto existing platforms it was still a win and will hopefully inspire fans of other now defunct franchises to try and get their favourite games resurrected on their chosen gaming console!
We recently sat down with Chris and Ryan from ‘Suikoden Revival’ to talk about their journey from fandom to being major players behind one of the biggest fan generated campaigns since Star Trekkers managed to stop their favourite show from getting cancelled in the 60’s!
Hi guy’s, so when did this all begin?
Campaigning actually began back in late 2010. Myself and fellow fan Ryan, grew tired of the situation the Genso Suikoden series has now found itself in. We are both members of Suikdoen fan website, Suikosource.com, and used to debate a lot on there about the future of the Suikoden series.
We could see that a lot of fans felt as frustrated as we did but tended to vent these frustrations rather than constructively coming up with a plan to try and resurrect the series. Also, due to the popularity of Facebook, we started to meet a lot of like minded and genuinely lovely Suikoden fans form around the world. This added to our excitement and created a new ”Suikoden buzz” in our lives!
Therefore, we started to campaign and tried to gain some sort of foothold with the various Konami branches.
We actually began contacting some big names straight away. As far back as late 2010 well before the SRM’s truce conception. The responses we got ranged from awesome to polite brush off’s. Inspired by our efforts, many Suikoden fans started to follow suit. Eventually, the two of us could not sustain campaigning on our own. In July 2012, fellow Suikosource member, Matze, suggested we create a page via social media too keep all the campaigning and fans in the one place.
This is an idea we had been toying with for some time. It was the natural next step. Thus, the Suikoden Revival Movement was born with the three of us at the helm. Another member of the Suikosource forums, Dan, joined us back in December 2012 and has contributed much toward the movement.