Rising from the ashes

Another wild JRPG revival has appeared. Hot on the heels of the success of Soul Saga and Liege, a slew of development talent has united to announce Project Phoenix – and it could be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Vita. The game – an old-school JRPG with “squad-based real-time strategy design” – launched on Kickstarter earlier today, and has already smashed its $100,000 target.

Fusing the talents of a slew of Eastern and Western developers – including Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu – developer Creative Intelligence Arts is promising an experience that will appeal to a global audience. “We are making a rich, immersive game that will set a new standard of excellence for the Japanese gaming industry, all without major studio backing,” explains the company’s pledge.

Set in the ancient world of Azuregard, the title will see you assume the role of four unlikely heroes, as they seek to find their “place in a world brought to war by misunderstanding and ignorance”. With the release already beyond its target, the organisation is now looking towards its stretch goals, which include additional zones, side stories, and more.

But, as already alluded, it’s also finalising plans for a PS4 and Vita port. Fortunately, those discussions are going well. “The negotiations are still ongoing and we are 90 per cent certain that we will be able to release on these wonderful devices,” notes a message on the firm’s Kickstarter page. We suspect that that will be done and dusted by the end of the week.

While you wait for confirmation, though, be sure to check out the full project through here. If you’re interested in the game, you can show your support with a $20 pledge, which will ensure that you receive a digital copy of the title when it’s finished in 2015. Are you planning to back this release? Let us know in the comments section below.

[source kickstarter.com]