Project Phoenix Announced

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Project Phoenix | oprainfallThe West isn’t the only region making indie games. Japan-based Creative Intelligence Arts has just announced Project Phoenix today. It will be a hybrid between a role-playing game and a real-time strategy game.

Project Phoenix stars an amnesiac angel in the world of Azuregard. With the help of a templar, a sheltered princess, and a conflicted battlemage, the group must help the world in conflict find peace and “perhaps ultimately even save it from itself.”

Unlike most indie games, this project, the “brainchild” of Creative Intelligence Arts founder Hiroaki Yura, touts some rather big names in gaming. It employs the art direction of Kiyoshi Arai, who has worked on Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XIV. Nobuo Uematsu, whose name is practically synonymous with just about any Final Fantasy soundtrack, will be composing the soundtrack. Various other members of the project, whose names have not been publicized, have track records spanning from Soulcalibur V, Halo 4, and L.A. Noire just to name a few.

The list of names attached to Project Phoenix may grow larger. A Kickstarter is planned for the project, and amongst the planned stretch goals include “the talents of Grammy Award-winning sound engineer John Kurlander and the Eminence Symphony Orchestra bringing the music of Uematsu and his composers to life.” That’s on top of the more standard goals that will add “additional areas, graphics and cinematics.” The Kickstarter will start sometime in the next week with a goal of $100,000.

Project Phoenix is planned for a mid-2015 release for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android. A few pieces of concept art have also been released and are posted below.

Project Phoenix

Project Phoenix

Project Phoenix


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  • Eru

    RSTRPG? Like Kingdom Under Fire?

    • Warboss Aohd

      dude……no lie, that would be awesome. Especially given who they got for dis.

  • Anthony Yousef

    Excellent find! I really can’t wait for this!

  • An Tran

    It’s just too bad Nintendo won’t allow Japanese indie devs to develop on Wii U :/

    All because of some law right?

    • Need new RPGs

      No, because Nintendo wants absolute control.

    • An Tran

      Highly unlikely, as they’re giving plenty of freedom to Western indies. I remember now that there is some kind of law or rule that indies OUTSIDE of Japan need to have a Japanese publisher help them in order to release their games on consoles in Japan. I don’t know if it’s true for Japanese indies as well, but I highly doubt they’re cutting out JP indies just for control.

    • Warboss Aohd

      maybe Nintendo JAPAN does, while Nintendo America an’ Europe doesn’t?

    • multibottler0cket

      Specifically Japanese indie devs? I haven’t heard of this, do you have a source article? I’m really curious now…

    • An Tran
    • multibottler0cket

      Thanks. Damn, that really sucks… I hope they rectify this soon because Nintendo needs indie devs.

  • My wallet is ready

    Finally the Japanese are getting in on the Kickstarter action. Hopefully we can get some more real JRPGs made now.

    • multibottler0cket


  • Xanedis

    I will probably buy this game solely because of Nobuo Uematsu’s participation. Still, I am rather wary about the platforms they are publishing this on… iOS? Ugh… 🙁

    • multibottler0cket

      Haha yeah, me too!

      I know! At least it’s on PC, but seriously, consoles are super accessible to indie developers these days, why bother with iOS or Android. The people who are going to want to play this will have a console to play it on anyway.

    • Xanedis

      I agree. Though I have to admit that the ‘AAA-level talent’ bit still intrigues me. Could this be the first ‘big’ hardcore game for iOS market? I understand it is a bit foolish to hope for that, but I still wish for it become reality.

    • multibottler0cket

      It probably will be, but it just seems a little awkward to play on a tiny touch screen. Luckily there’s a PC version!

  • Warboss Aohd

    -Nobuo Uematsu
    -JRPG RTS Hybrid
    -Western and Japanese Devlopers
    -Developers from WoW, Starcraft 2, Halo 4, Crysis, Final Fantasy, and Soul Calibur 5

    i’m sorry, but have they been reading my mind? This sounds fucking AMAZING!

    There is a very high chance this will be the 2nd game i help kickstart (first being Divinity: Original Sin)

  • Warboss Aohd

    ‘Within 24 Hours, Something will happen.’

    Is wot da site sayz.

  • Warboss Aohd

    their kickstarter is up now, and they nearly doubled their initial goal.

    Now we are going for Stretch Goals.