Project Phoenix Soars With Over $300,000 Raised

By Spencer . August 13, 2013 . 4:06pm

imageProject Phoenix is an ambitious project led by Hiroaki Yura who worked on Valkyria Chronicles and Diablo III. The game is a real time strategy game blended with JRPG elements. Project Phoenix’s main character is Marcus, an angel with amnesia, who travels through the land of Azuregard. Yoko Enoki is writing the story and Final Fantasy XII artist Kiyoshi Arai is the art director.


Project Phoenix has Western staff members on the development team too like Vaughan Smith who worked on L.A. Noire and Steffen Unger who worked on Halo 4 to handle the game’s 3D models. Nobuo Uematsu is also working on the game as the lead composer.


Project Phoenix was quickly funded on Kickstarter. The fundraiser has 28 days to go and the next round of funding will be used to make detailed cities and customizable characters. If the project reaches $1,025,000 the game will add an overworld and a battle inside a Kraken.


Creative Intelligence Arts plans to release Project Phoenix in 2015 for PC, Mac, and Linux. iOS and Android versions will also be made, but the game will be different for mobile platforms. PlayStation 4 is also being considered, but other platforms have not been finalized. A digital download is $20 and includes access to a closed beta. A digital collectors edition with a making of documentary, soundtrack, and art book is $50. Super reward tiers include creating a boss, NPC, and playable character which require a $10,000 investment.

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  • Pockystix

    PS4 version would be a win-win for everyone~

    • CirnoLakes

      Eh, I’m not going to bother with anything other than the PC version.

      I don’t usually play console versions of a game if a PC version exists.

  • WyattEpp

    I think we all knew it would do well just because of the names attached, but I’m still not feeling it. I mean, what do we really know about it? Too little, for sure, and I’m a bit concerned that they seem disproportionately focused on the visual aspects (they have a bunch of artists already, but they want to get more). What about how it plays?

    And the technical side of things? They just sort of gloss over that in their risks/challenges. Considering how large this is likely to get, that concerns me.

    I will grant their stretch goals are more realistic than on many other projects’, though.

    • Your Face

      Sounds like a scam to me, to be honest. Most of the guys involved weren’t actually leads on the games they were credited for, Uematsu isn’t actually going to compose the entire soundtrack (and I doubt he’ll even score that much), it’s not really a JRPG despite the claim, and the programming team isn’t being named for whatever reason.

      Then there’re the ridiculously exaggerated claims they’re making about revitalizing the Japanese industry. It’s hard for me to see this going well…

    • Shane Guidaboni

      We know just as much about it as any other game that gets announced with little info that people get excited about. Except in this case, they want fans to help them. *blah blah problems with kickstarter*

      • WyattEpp

        I’m not sure I understand your angle here. Are you agreeing with me? Disagreeing?

        • Shane Guidaboni

          Neither. It was a neutral comment. However, I think enough info of the game has been revealed so far, probably more so than a lot of non-indie game announcements.

  • Huh, this sounds really intriguing.

    The director worked on both Valkyria Chronicles and Diablo III? I’d be really interested to hear his story.

    • Your Face

      His Eminence Symphony Orchestra did some of the music for both games. He didn’t do anything other than create the group that played their music.

      Part of the reason I think this shouldn’t have been supported. Its marketing is straight dishonest and scam-like.

    • Your Face

      He was just the founder of the orchestra that played some of the music for those games.

    • Peter Thomas

      I did some search on the net and Wiki. Hiroaki Yura was (and I believe he still is) a musician who founded Eminence Symphony Orchestra from Sydney, Australia. The man performed on stage several times in Melbourne and Sydney and has connection with Nobuo Uematsu for several years now. I attended his concert several times and the last time I saw him was when he invited Yasunori Mitsuda to come and perform. He’s used to be an active World of Warcraft player. Maybe he still is, but I’m not sure. So yeah, he’s a damn good violinist.

  • SirRichard

    Backed it at the physical edition tier because the pedigree is just too insanely good to ignore or fuss over. Every part of the game has the industry’s finest working on it in some way, the Kickstarter itself mainly exists to get the minimum funding needed to hire the 3D modellers hired by the likes of Crytek and everything. They’re going to have to mess up spectacularly to underdeliver on this.

  • bloodiOS

    Going through the comments on the Kickstarter page, I found out that there are plans to make physical copies of the PS4 and Vita version (if the contract is signed.) The PS4 version in particular is currently being planned for retail-only. I’m too lazy to do screen captures so here are the quotes:

    Our game is planned to be a physical edition of PS4 and VITA. (if the contract is signed!)

    The plan is to release the PS4 version of game as retail-only, but I will bring up the idea for a downloadable version on the PSN.

    By the way, the support is pretty amazing for a JRPG project:

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    An slight error in the post:
    “Project Phoenix’s main character is Marcus, an angel with amnesia, who travels through the land of Azuregard.”

    Marcus is a paladin, while Ruffles is the angel with amnesia. (“Ruffles”, that name still gets me…)

    Anyway, quite the lineup of developers that they got there. I would really like to see some gameplay footage for this, but it looks like they are just barely in pre-production. I’m slightly wary to back this solely on good faith (that and the Sony PS4/Vita release deal hasn’t been sealed yet), but I’ll definitely be watching this one like a hawk.

    • bloodiOS

      Ruffles’ real name is Rafel.

  • Unlimax

    Ahh .. I can feel the Epicness from this project ~

    But we have to wait for this gem … ಥ﹏ಥ

  • Slickyslacker

    This game sounds orgasmic.

    As an RTS, it will probably be most “comfortable” on the PC, but I’m looking forward to a PS4 version. Either way, I can’t wait for a game this beautiful.

    • DesmaX

      Well, the DS4 does have a touchscreen, so… Maybe it could play nice on it?

  • G-Vita

    This game is going to be on PS VITA as well
    OMG yes please.

  • DesmaX

    Wonder if it could like older Legend of Heroes games

  • Malon

    Sounds really promising.

    “2015” nooooo. : (

  • Scrooge_McDuck

    The international collaboration is great and I really, really appreciate the team’s enthusiasm.

    However, I’m not really filled with confidence regarding their pedigree. Wasn’t Hiroaki Yura’s involvement in Diablo III and Valkyria Chronicles limited to orchestral director with the Eminence Symphony? Had he experience as a game producer/director at all?

    Also, the most notable project Vaughan Smith had worked on is LA Noire, which is a very mechanically boring game. Could he design a good squad-based RTS?

    • bloodiOS

      This might be somewhat relevant to your concern:

  • bloodiOS

    By the way folks, the game will have dual audio.

    Currently voice acting is planned in both Japanese and English for cutscenes/story related scenes. There will be "voice acting" for the battles, but we are classifying that as a sound effect not voice acting. We have an additional stretch goal prepared to make the entire game voice acted, not just story related scenes.

  • grevlinghore

    Always with the amnesia…

  • Randgriz

    The amount of name-dropping on this project is turning me off to paying attention to it on its own merits.. ill wait for gameplay to speak for itself.

  • Göran Isacson

    On the one hand, this sounds pretty darn cool.

    On the other hand I JUST backed Tangiers and Yatagarasu, so I think I need to hold on to my zennies at the moment. Also, it doesn’t look like this project is hurting for backers… maybe I should focus on supporting that musical RPG instead?

  • AzureRyuujin

    I need this in my life….

  • artemisthemp

    Guess I will have to look ad the Pledge level of this game, since you can’t have enough RPGS on your PS4 or Vita :)

    Would surprise me a lot, if Sony is saying no to this.

    • CirnoLakes

      I’m only excited about the PC version.

      Consoles get enough Japanese RPGs.

  • Guest

    Open the website, click the video, and then being scared by the video. It is like watching a video from a character building.

  • Naux

    I wonder if they will have Paypal backing. I don’t own a credit card, nor do I plan to own one.

    EDIT: Actually, I might get one just for this if they decide that there is no other way to back it. :x

    • bloodiOS

      Actually, the PayPal option is coming soon.

  • CirnoLakes

    I have some various feelings about this. On the hand, in the j-RPG world, I’m a Square-skeptic. And I’m not sure their vision of what’s good for the Japanese RPG is in any way in line with mine.

    And also, furthermore, they seem very Final Fantasy/old-Square centric in their way of thinking. I get the feeling that the people this is marketed towards are the people who still believe in Square/Final Fantasy exceptionalism. And haven’t moved on to the RPG works of people like Nippon Ichi, Atlus, Namco, Falcom, and ect. I find one of the biggest problems in the RPG world today, the way in which people still treat Final Fantasy so exceptionally, and don’t make an effort to venture out to other Japanese RPG franchises.

    I’m perfectly happy with how Japanese RPGs are today. So I’m not sure I want to donate to a Kickstarter than aims to “fix” a genre that I feel like isn’t broken. Furthermore, some of the people out there who think the J-RPG needs “fixing”, have made much worse Japanese RPGs than many of the people who are still proud of the genre *cough*Hideo Baba Namco Tales*cough*

    Still, they’re at least keeping the whole chibi anime art. So obviously they’re keeping in with some of the things of Japanese RPGs I love, and aren’t just trying to out and out make a Japanese RPG more like a Western RPG in order to sell.

    Also, I’m really excited about some people in the Japanese RPG industry or in the Japanese gaming and anime/manga industry in general jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon. As well, the idea of more Japanese RPGs on the PC is a fantastic development to me. It looks like this is going to lead to yet another Japanese RPG for me to own on Steam. And that’s a very, very exciting prospect for me. That prospect alone is enough to make me want to donate.

    I want to push the JRPG crowdfunding, PC and Steam and GoG revolution forward. So this is one of the things that has indeed made 2013 a very exciting year.

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