This next potential gem comes to us all the way from Japan – it is Project Phoenix, by Creative Intelligence Arts, Inc.
Project Phoenix is Kickstarter’s FIRST Japan-based video game project, and to be totally honest, at first glance I was completely underwhelmed.
A fantasy themed squad-based real-time strategy JRPG, where an unlikely band of heroes (which includes an amnesic angel, a princess, an experienced warrior, and a wise worldly mage) must travel the lands in search of answers… on paper, this title is EXACTLY like most other games of its genre, sharing all of the same tired old clichés that I have slowly come to hate over the years.
However despite (or perhaps because of) my jaded skepticism, I found myself moved by their pitch, where they questioned the quality and the advancement (or the lack) of the modern JRPG. And winning me over was their promise to “reclaim that magic and reforge the legends of old”, and their vow to “create a game worthy of longstanding JRPG fans who truly deserve it… [to] become a phoenix that will rise from the ashes to forge a new direction for the Japanese games industry through a work that awes and inspires all. ”
Worth mentioning too is that involved with Project Phoenix are some of the greatest creative talents in the video game and anime industries, with credits including several Final Fantasies, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, Valkyria Chronicles, L.A. Noire, Diablo III, Halo 4, Crysis 3, and much more. (Talents, which by the way, includes the likes of composer Nobuo Uematsu, of Final Fantasy fame.)
The Kickerstarter pledge drive for this project started on Aug 12, 2013, and is due to end on Wednesday Sep 11, 3:00am EDT.
For more information check out http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1300298569/project-phoenix-japans-indie-rpg-feat-aaa-talent.