Imagine a Halo without Master Chief and the Covenant. A Resident Evil without Leon Kennedy, a Redfield sibling, or Albert Wesker. A Metal Gear Solid without Snake or Ocelot.
That's the reality of Suikoden: Tierkreis, the first handheld offering in Konami's intricate role-playing series to hit North America. At first, Suikofans were excited at the thought of taking the series portable -- until they were horrified to discover that it takes place in a different universe than the vibrant, established world featured in the previous nine franchise entries. The ultimate fates of Holy Harmonia, Georg Prime, and enigmatic rivals Yuber and Pesmerga? Postponed once again, if not shelved outright.