Legendary Composer Nobuo Uematsu On Board
Project Phoenix, a squad-based real time strategy/role-playing hybrid, has loosed its Kickstarter campaign. This ambitious project plans to bring together veteran Japanese and Western game designers, including Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu, to create the ultimate JRPG - and stands as the very first Japanese project to attempt a Kickstarter.
We've got the pitch and details below.
"We are making a rich, immersive game that will set a new standard of excellence for the Japanese gaming industry, all without major studio backing," reads the pitch from Creative Intelligence Arts, a new studio helmed by Diablo III and Valkyria Chronicles designer Hiroaki Yura. "Although we have a large array of top talent, we are JRPG fans first and foremost and wish to create a game worthy of longstanding JRPG fans who truly deserve it.
"In doing so, we will become a phoenix that will rise from the ashes to forge a new direction for the Japanese games industry through a work that awes and inspires all. With the lofty heights we’ve set, we’d like YOU to be a part of our vision and the process and we’re optimistic about it. After all, we’ve got a brave, stubborn, if somewhat forgetful angel on our side, reminding us of what we truly stand for!"
Big words, but let's get down to business. Project Phoenix promises a sprawling game world, deep storyline and memorable characters, with real-time strategic combat in place of traditional turn-based gameplay. Players will piece together the mysteries of an angel with amnesia and travel through the land of Azuregard with an unusual band of heroes searching for answers. It's slated for Windows PC and PS4, though a Vita version has been hinted at. Projected release date is deep within 2015.
What makes this project notable is the team behind it. With credits spanning Final Fantasy, Halo 4, Crysis 3, L.A. Noire, World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, and Soul Calibur 5, Creative Intelligence Arts are keen to set a new standard in what Kickstarter campaigns and indie RPGs can offer.
Project Phoenix is seeking a very modest $100,000 over the next 29 days, a fifth of which they've already managed to raise in the first hour of campaigning. As an observation, I'd suggest that this is a rather small sum for such an ambitious remit, but extra funds will naturally be re-invested into polish and features.