It has been a while since a Kickstarter project really excited me, but looks like it’s time to jump back on the breach with this one: a star Spangled Cast of developers named Creative Intelligence Arts took to the crowdfunding platform to breathe life into their dream, a JRPG codenamed “Project Phoenix”.
The team is led by the famous Japanese musician Hiroaki Yura, that will cover the role of Director and Producer (last year we reviewed his SoulCalibur V‘s soundtrack). Under his flag many prominent developers from Japan and from the West rallied: to name a few we find award winning fantasy writer Yoko Enoki, Kiyoshi Arai, that helped create several Final Fantasy games, and Nobuo Uematsu as Lead Composer. Do I really need to introduce him?
The game will be released in 2015 on PC, Mac and Linux, with a different (more limited) version for Android and iOS. The team is also in talks with Sony to release Project Phoenix on PS4 and PS Vita.
The game is defined as a fantasy-themed squad-based real-time strategy JRPG/RTS mix. It’s set to have a “breathtaking fantasy world, deep storyline, Japanese character designs, and a memorable cast”, which is exactly what a good JRPG should feature.
Here’s the official blurb about the story:
An angel named Rafel has come to the world of Azuregard with no idea of how she got there, but coming at a time where strife and chaos threaten to tear the world apart.
The orcish clans, mankind’s ancient enemy, have begun migrating from the mountains and their raids upon human settlements become more brazen and audacious by the day. If this wasn’t enough, the denizens of the southern coastal regions hear rumor of the free men who, once vanquished, have emerged, artifact in hand. They are grim, determined, and more organized than ever before, with their energies set towards toppling the Empire.
Amidst the stirrings of war, the elves watch a fateful star and recognize it as a portent that will decide the fate of all those who live on Azuregard. It is within these tumultuous times that the angel Rafel finds herself in a struggle to find her place in the world and perhaps… even save it from itself.
Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
Considering the fact that most of the professionals working on the title are donating their time for free, the team is asking only $100,000 as minimum funding goal, of which $33,419 have already been pledged at the moment of this writing. Of course the numerous stretch goals (up to $1,650,000) will help making it a bigger and better game. If you want to pledge your support yourself (I already did, and you really should), you can do so here.
To help you decide, you can check out a gallery of artwork and the official Kickstarter pitch below.