Project Phoenix just surpassed the $500,000 mark on Kickstarter and is currently sitting on $502,421 pledged by 7,936 brave backers. With 24 days to go, there’s plenty time to make the announced stretch goals and then some.
Today Creative Intelligence Arts also detailed some of the basic gameplay and progression mechanics that will drive the indie JRPG. Below you can read the whole thing directly from the lion’s mouth, and it’s definitely quite interesting.
Leveling & Skills
We are still deciding on a level cap between levels 80 – 100. Each level cap offers their own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. We don’t want to make the cap to high to where you have to needlessly grind the last 20 levels just to max out. We want our content to match your level, and provide you with a challenging yet fulfilling experience.
Leveling will work similarly to other RPGs. When you obtain a set amount of experience, you gain a level, and your stats increase. You will also gain a skill point that you can apply to one of two skill trees. We are not yet certain if you will receive a skill point upon gaining a level, or every two levels, etc. Either way, our intent is that it not be possible to max on each skill tree, even after reaching the level cap. This should provide multiple ways of customizing each character for any specific role that you require of them.
Although each class will start off with similar basic abilities, each will have their own different set of unique skill trees. We have announced four playable classes so far: Templars, Paladins, Pathfinders, and Battle Mages. More detailed information on Classes will be announced in future updates.
During combat, you will control your characters by their appointed squads, and not as individuals. There will be around 10 playable characters on the field at any given time, and it will be up to you to maximize the party’s effectiveness to defeat the enemies. Any way that you choose to accomplish this is your decision.
Example: You create 3 squads for 9 characters. In the first squad you place 3 tanks, the second, 3 ranged, and the third, 3 healers. Then you set up the party formation so that the tank squad faces the enemy, the healer squad stays center to provide support to the other squads, and the ranged squad protects the flanks and rear.
You can mix and match the squads and characters as you wish. Include a tank, ranged, and healer in each squad, and then change their stance to match their role.
Squad Stances & Movement
Stances are applied to each squad, not an individual character. Stances are adjustable AI parameters that your squads will revert to when you are not directly controlling them. We currently are considering implementing three Stances: Aggressive, Defensive, and Stealth. Even while not in combat, your squads will still retain their stances, and actively choose formations and take up the appropriate positions when halted.
If you want to learn more about this definitely interesting indie JRPG, you can read my recent interview with game director and producer Hiroaki Yura, that includes a lot of juicy details about what we can expect and about the vision behind the game.
If you still didn’t pledge for Project Phoenix, and want to support the game, you can head straight to the official Kickstarter page.