Some details from the site that people aren't talking about:
- This is a studio that is made to launch a brand new RPG IP. Not a single game
- It is also a recruitment campaign for the studio, they are hiring planners, designers, and programmers
- The spec they are hiring for is "high end systems", and they welcome experience in UE4 and Unity
- They are also looking for Battle planners and programmers with Action RPG experience, which indicates the direction of the combat
- This is a subsidiary of S-E Holdings, and not just an internal studio of S-E Japan, this is similar to Tokyo RPG Factory, their own company
Press Release said:Tokyo, Japan (February 21, 2017) – Square Enix Group, an integrated entertainment company, announced today ”Project Prelude Rune", a new role playing game project, developed by STUDIO ISTOLIA CO., LTD. , a newly established studio in Tokyo.
STUDIO ISTOLIA further builds on Square Enix Group's vision to create new intellectual properties alongside existing Square Enix studios. Hideo Baba who has over 18 years of experience in game development will serve as the studio head.
Hideo Baba is working as the producer of ”Project Prelude Rune" as well. The project aims to build a new RPG with a new fantasy: unfolding across a vast land teeming with life. Nurtured by the earth, the many peoples of this land dare to dream, fighting for what is just—and this is their tale .
Further details on ”Project Prelude Rune" will be revealed at a later time.
The name ISTOLIA originates from the Greek word, "story" and is central to the studio's primary value. The aim of the studio is to provide unforgettable stories that will inspire players in their own lives, and bring new game experiences to everyone around the world.
For the latest studio news, please visit: http://www.studioistolia.com
Being developed by a new studio called Studio Istolia.
Company Name: STUDIOISTOLIA CO, LTD
Official URL: http://www.studioistolia.com
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/studioistolia
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/studioistolia/
Shareholders: SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS CO., LTD 100%
President: Hideo Baba
Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Shinjuku 6-chome No. 27 No. 30
Business: Game Development