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Project Phoenix real-time strategy Kickstarter with industry vets attached
I figured I ought to preempt this news before it potentially gets misreported and people get their hopes up. The short of it is, this new game, a real-time strategy
game, is being co-developed by several Western and Japanese industry vets (including ol' Nobuo Uematsu himself as lead composer).
I felt it was important to make this topic because the game seems to be getting more attention as an RPG. It's important to understand why there's confusion. On the Kickstarter page itself, note these two blocks of text.
First, big and bold:
Project Phoenix is a JRPG with a squad based RTS game design, brought to you by veteran developers and creators from the East and West.
Then, later on:
Project Phoenix is a SQUAD-BASED, REAL-TIME STRATEGY GAME combined with strong Japanese RPG design influences, brought to you by top Eastern and Western creators who have worked on many blockbuster game titles.
Furthermore, if you just watched the first part of video, you would be given a strong impression that this game is not only a JRPG, but that it's also very much old-school in nature. However, this impression is directly at odds with two important cues in the video itself:
1) A "from the creators who brought you" message precedes a string of mostly modern triple-A titles that literally have nothing to do with "old-school" in any sense.
2) The music is not old-school at all.
Anyway, the Kickstarter easily doubled its goal, practically overnight. I'm happy for them and I like the idea of bringing together an international team of industry veterans to work on an indie title. However, there's definitely a feeling of misdirected, or at least incomplete, advertising.