Holy snap, why haven't we been hearing more about this game? Project Phoenix is a true-to-form JRPG made in the spirit and with the passion of the classic JRPGs that helped shape gaming back in the day and it's a project that has help from many big names in the industry, including the iconic, legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu.
Creative Intelligence Arts (potentially the new replacement for Electronic Arts? Or maybe EA back when they used to be awesome in the 90s?) has been rampaging through the crowd-sourced scene on Kickstarter with Project Phoenix. The game has already garnered $600,000 in crowd-funding, as reported by DualShockers.
The project hearkens back to the time when JRPGs were some of the most respected forms of interactive entertainment in the gaming medium, and brings in a lot of top talent from various other AAA brands such as Diablo, Halo and Starcraft, as well as young talent who grew up loving what the classic JRPG publishers pumped out back during the 90s and early aughts.
The game will combine a lot of the newer graphical tech with many of the core principles, philosophies and gaming elements from the old school. It's like that perfect blend of new and old, similar to what inXile Entertainment is doing with Wasteland 2 or what Harebrained Studios accomplished with Shadowrun Returns.
The thing that just floored me and nearly had me on the floor in a puddle of over-joyous tears was the fact that they have freaking Nobuo Uematsu on board! Can you believe that? This guy is the legend to which all other video game composing legends are compared. He is the measure stick in which every RPG's soundtrack is set side-by-side and rated. There is only one and it is Nobuo Uematsu.
The fact that this guy has agreed to lend his services to his first ever indie project is flooring. I just can't believe it. Just short of having Hironobu Sakaguchi on the team, they've already garnered enough talent to put to shame nearly every other AAA RPG project out there and I can't wait to see how this game turns out.
Originally they were only asking for $100,000 and they've blasted all the way up past the half-million mark with nearly 17 days to go. I would love to see what they would be able to do with a breezy $1 million under the belt and proper time and budgetary management keeping the project developing at a moderate pace.
It's great to see these kind of projects sprout up and the fact that Project Phoenix is already aimed at coming to the PS Vita and PS4 is great news for both PC and console gamers. Share the love and support the future by paying a visit to Project Phoenix's official Kickstarter page.