Update #1: The Kickstarter campaign for the project has now been launched and offers additional information, while it's already achieved over 20% of the goal. The lowest pledge amount that nets players the game upon its release is $20, though the lower tiers are of somewhat limited supply. It's been clarified that it is primarily developed for the PC with PS4 and Vita versions very likely, while the mobile/tablet OS versions will differ in accordance with the system limitations. The game's official website has also been opened.
Original report: TOKYO 08/08/2013. Project Phoenix today announced their intention to set up a Kickstarter to develop a Japanese role-playing game combined with Real Time Strategy. Uniting top developers from the East and West, Project Phoenix is the brainchild of game developer Hiroaki Yura, the founder of Creative Intelligence Arts. This fresh take on the JRPG genre features the art direction of Kiyoshi Arai, who brings experience from Final Fantasy XII and XIV, and music headed up by Nobuo Uematsu, the legendary composer of the Final Fantasy series, marking Uematsu's first ever commitment to an independent game project.
"For 25 years, I've been working on a lot of video game music like the Final Fantasy series. This is the first time I've worked on an independent game,” says Uematsu, Project Phoenix's lead composer. “Although it's fun to create a game within a large company, I've always been interested in being able to work in a small, passionate independent games team. I'm really looking forward to it."
projectphoenix.info to learn more about the game's development and join the community forums. Game director Hiroaki Yura and team members will be there to answer fan questions about the development of Project Phoenix.
About Project Phoenix
Project Phoenix is Kickstarter’s first Japan-‐based videogame project that brings in top talents from around the world. Founded in Tokyo, Japan in 2013, Project Phoenix will be working on its squad-‐based real-‐time strategy game combined with Japanese RPG design influences, with the goal of releasing it to worldwide audiences by mid 2015. Visit http://projectphoenix.info and http://twitter.com/PhoenixJRPG for more information.