Project Phoenix Kickstarter launched
posted on 08.12.13 at 09:42 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Exploration, combat, and character advancement.

Creative Inelligence Arts has launched the Kickstarter campaign for its Thursday-announced Project Phoenix, “a [Japanese RPG] with squad-based [real-time strategy] design,” created by veteran game developers from the east and west. The company is seeking $100,000 in funding.

The primarily single-player game, which is targeting a mid-2015 release, is planned for launch on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android (the smartphone versions will be “different” due to limitations). The company is also working to release the game on PlayStation 4 “and other platforms,” but this has “yet to be confirmed.”

The game’s staff consists of:

  • Hiraki Yura (Japan, Australia) – Director and Producer – Credits include Diablo III, Valkyria Chronicles, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzimiya, and Steins;Gate.
  • Unannounced (?) – Lead Programmer – Been a programmer since primary school, made a game engine and has worked on creating several current and next-gen console games. He will be announced later in the game’s development process, and is boasted as “one of the leading Unity programmers in the world.”
  • Vaughan Smith (Australia) – Game Designer – Credits include L.A. Noire and more indie game titles.
  • Yoko Enoki (Japan) – Scenario Writer – Credits include The Dragon and the Magician series, The Black Knight series, The Legend of Umiberi series.
  • Bill Benfield (UK) – Senior Editor – Served as a teacher, translator, writer, and editor in Tokyo, as well as a part-time musician, and currently owns sound production company Dagmusic.
  • Unannounced (Japan) – Supervisor – Credits include “some very famous anime that everyone knows.” This person will be announced at the release of the game.
  • Kiyoshi Arai (Japan) – Art Director / World Concept Artist – Credits include Final Fantasy III, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV, and Bloodmasque.
  • Gontaro (Japan) – Lead Artist – Received art training at New York’s Art Asylum, and has worked as a 2D and 3D artist at Acquire on the Tenchu series.
  • Take-B (Japan) – Character Designer / Monster Designer – Credits include “some very famous JRPG that everyone knows.”
  • Koya Takahashi (Japan) – Lead Cinematic Artist – Credits include multi-award winning cinematic artist and illustrator for TV and other multimedia.
  • Steffen Unger (Germany) – Lead 3D Modeler – Credits include Halo 4 and Crysis 3.
  • Nobuo Uematsu (Japan) – Lead Composer – Credits include the Final Fantasy series, The Last Story, Lost Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He also founded the music groups The Black Mages and Earthboudn Papas.
  • John Kurlander (US, UK) – Sound Engineer – Credits include The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Assassin’s Creed II.
  • Donna Burke (Australia) – Casting, Voice Acting, and Singer – Credits include Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, and Magical Girl: Lyrical Nanoha.
  • Larry Oji (US) – Community Team – Credits include Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Deus Ex: Sonic Augmentation album.

Find more details, such as a story and gameplay overview, at the Kickstarter page.

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  • Elvick

    If this is confirmed for PS Vita and PS4, I’m going to back this so hard.

    • Tenshiken

      you and me both

    • jujubee88

      “Which game consoles will Project Phoenix be released on?
      Currently we are in negotiations to have our game released on the PS4 and the PSVITA. The negotiations are still ongoing and we are 90% certain we will be able to release on these wonderful devices.”

      ….. (^______________^)b

      • Zackasaur

        Yep! We just can’t give it actual money until they add a PS4/Vita option to the reward tiers.

  • Joshua M

    Is that the game’s screen?

  • bloodiOS

    I hope it reaches its $1,025,000 stretch goal. Also, I love me some Ruffles~~

    Edit: 100% funded in less than half a day! Can you feel the love?

    • Zuhri69

      I loved the fact that she was called Ruffles because the developer thought she was cute. I mean come on, that’s quite a cute thought.

  • Raiu

    Damn…. You convinced me… I’ll back this once they announced a bundle of PC, PS4, Vita….

  • Mark

    Wow! great cast! hope this goes out on VITA!!!

  • Andrew Arndt

    looks pretty dam good and sound s pretty dam good to

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    I’ll tell ya what’s awesome, ITS A TEAM OF LEGENDS!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I hope this comes to PS4 and the Vita as well!

  • Zuhri69

    Okay, that is awesome. I mean, I made my expectation quite low but that, is quite awesome. But then, is it turn based RPG or Strategy RPG? I mean they made it look like turn based RPG + some Strategy RPG elements.

    Regardless, I’ve backed Liege and definitely will back this even though I sucked at Strategy RPG.

  • fyi1191

    I’m getting Shining Tears feel from the screenshot. Love it!

  • Zackasaur


    I won’t back it until they’ve got PS4 and/or Vita officially announced, of course. Hopefully soon!

  • Rudy Soto

    Aw Yea, pledge 25$ and am perfectly willing to pledge 50/60$ later on.

  • Learii

    al the awesome staffs make this game no way

  • Kurisu Makise

    This roster looks really awesome, as do the graphics. I might have to start my pledge a bit higher, we’ll see.

  • new_tradition

    The support so far looks amazing. I saw 50,000 at first and I think maybe about 2 hours later, it’s almost up to 90,000 as I type this. There’s still 29 days to go xD

  • gerald

    They should have confirmed PS4 and Vita from the start to boost pledges.

    JRPG is not very popular on PC. In fact, I see Japan get more hate than anything from western PC gamers.

    I want to back this but I’ll wait until we have console confirmation.

  • Zero

    I backed it. =)

    • bloodiOS

      You should seriously tell Sal to update the article detailing how the project is 100% funded in less than half a day.

  • Warboss Aohd

    definitely gonna back this soon.

  • Sal Romano

    Wow. Funded already.

    • bloodiOS

      In less than half a day, too. Crazy!

  • bloodiOS

    I love how each update on Kicktraq is currently at least a dozen thousands behind the actual amount.

    Edit: Looks like it caught up at last.

  • shogunknight

    Wow, the project was funded in less than 9 hours. Superb! Like in final fantasy and most rpg series after youre done with the objective, its time to reach the “stretch goal”

  • bloodiOS

    Now 150% of the goal, which is 50% of the first stretch goal.

    Anyway, Sal really should fix the little mistake in the tag XD

    • PrinceHeir

      wtf Sal is a traitor!

    • Sal Romano

      xD sorry


      • Zackasaur

        I found a spy!

  • Nerroth

    Usually when I hear “Project Phoenix”, I think of this:

    (Which, I suppose, has an anime connection of its own, since the “Reseen” ‘Mechs were intended to supplant designs which had originally been inherited from various Japanese franchises.)

    Hopefully there’ll be good news for this PP on the PS Vita.

    (And now I just reminded myself of another “PP” game on that platform. Nepu!)

  • PrinceHeir

    godly stuff :D

    despite not backing it up, definitely buying this Day 1 though

  • Budgiecat

    its sad that a game with an A list like this needs a kickstarter and looks so underwhelming at that…

    • bloodiOS

      Uh, yeah… they could’ve decided to fund the project themselves but it’s going to take a whole lot longer to make. Beside, what exactly looks underwhelming? They haven’t even released any in-game footage or even screenshot yet.

      • Budgiecat

        That’s not a screenshot? If not, its probably still pretty close to what it’ll be and I don’t like RTS…

        Besides, something with a design cast of this pedigree should not need a kickstarter nor should be made for stupid mobile phones. It should be a full fledged AAA console game. And the amount is underwhelming; it makes it seem like the game will be cheap especially if they’re spreading themselves so thin over so many platforms…

        • bloodiOS

          That’s just some very early hand-drawn concept art. And really, these guys don’t want to have publishers meddle with their vision so they’re going for crowdfunding. I see nothing wrong with it. As for the concern of having so many platforms, since they’re using the Unity engine, it should be fairly painless to port between platforms (beside, mobile ports will be modified/simplified due to hardware limitations.)

          • gamelayer

            It does look underwhelming indeed.

            If I saw that screenshot, I’d have thought it was a dojin game or Korean online budget title.

            I can’t see any signs of AAA quality there at all and the overall design looks extremely generic and JRPG cliched.I’d rather play a new Riglord Saga game ;-)

            • bloodiOS

              It does look underwhelming indeed.
              If I saw that screenshot, I'd have thought it was a dojin game or Korean online budget title.
              I can't see any signs of AAA quality there at all and the overall design looks extremely generic and JRPG cliched.I'd rather play a new Riglord Saga game ;-)

              Oh stop, it’s laughable that you’re judging a game basing solely on nothing but a single piece of concept art. The fact that you’re replying to me while still referring to it as a “screenshot” just means that you need to work on that reading comprehension.

              • gamelayer

                Yes, it is actually concept art and I can say that it gives a pretty good idea of the game that they have planned ( the reason they have shown it as an example ).
                It looks to be a generic JRPG tactical game featuring bland character design and unoriginal environments. From the roster of ‘ AAA talent ‘ that are working on this, I’d have expected something a bit more impressive. I grew up through the NES, SNES and PSX eras and know what a decent JRPG looks like, and this is certainly not it. Perhaps today’s teenage kids and 20 something nerds never experienced the classics, so unfortunately don’t realize that this looks generic and not worth investment.

                Anyway, I just hope that the fools chucking money into this get let down when they play the finished product.

                • bloodiOS

                  My my, what a spiteful person you are.

                  • Zero

                    I wouldn’t even bother. If someone wants to completely judge a game based on one piece of concept art…

                    Well. What more can you even say? The conversation basically goes into a what? why? path, or it just ends.

                    You can’t really discuss things constructively like that.

                  • gamelayer

                    Not really. I’m just not impressed by a game that has people working on it that are capable of much better efforts and seem to be doing things half-arsed.

  • bloodiOS

    The amount of pledges flooding in is totally crazy!

    • Zero

      It’s just further proof that JRPGs are still worth making, and people will pay money to support them. It also shows that there is still a large following of JRPG fans in the west.

      Certain publishers should take notice. If you actually plan and use your money wisely, localizing JRPGs can be profitable.

  • bloodiOS

    Just got this from the comments today:

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

    Holy ****!

    • bloodiOS

      Apparently the PS4 version is only planned as retail-only

      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.


    • artemisthemp

      I really looking forward to putting my Retail Vita and PS4 on display (To bad the Game of This Generation edition of Saint’s Row 4 ain’t available here)

  • bloodiOS

    $300K reached! First stretch goal unlocked!

  • gamelayer

    Is this a Gust game?
    AAA talent…. but not an AAA game by the looks of it.
    Oh well, at least the OST might be worth a listen.