With S-E displeasing many fans lately, Atlus' future being uncertain, I think it's great to see familiar japanese talent joining the Indie bandwagon.
This would something to celebrate in a greater quantity were it not for the fact that they seem to be settling on "ios/browser" goals
Message from the Director, Hiroaki Yura in regards to iOS/Android port of Project Phoenix:
Why iOS/Android platforms? The thing is we want our game to be accessible to a wide range of people but when we are ready to port to other platforms, we don't know how developed the iOS/Android platforms will be.
The plan is, if it plays well on these platforms, we'll simply port it. If it don't, we have other exciting plans!
Never will our game set the PC/Mac/Linux standard to match these portable devices so don't worry!
Wow, so much awesome in one announcement! Color me curious.
But, a lot of strange combinations as well. I mean, a RTS / JRPG hybrid? A joint operation between Japanese and Western luminaries? A Japanese Indie game? And all that for PC and other platforms but no consoles?
art direction from Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy XIVs Kiyoshi Arai, and have music led by Final Fantasy series composer Nobuo Uematsu.
Final Fantasy, Halo 4, Crysis 3, L.A. Noire, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Soulcalibur V, Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja vu, and more.
Also, one of the Kickstarter backer rewards will put you in the game as an NPC, "such as a bar owner," with your own personal theme music composed by Uematsu himself.
EDIT: An interview is out: https://plus.google.com/108503912969105578265/posts/L5L6E8W9wwd
They had me until "Ruffles."
The world is changing...
The orcish clans, mankind's ancient enemy, have begun migrating from the mountains and their raids upon human settlements become more brazen and audacious by the day. If this wasn't enough, the denizens of the southern coastal regions hear rumor of the free men who, once vanquished, have emerged, more organized than before, all with the goal of toppling the Empire. Amidst the stirrings of war, the elves watch a fateful star and recognize it as a portent that will decide the fate of all those who live in Azuregard.
It is within these tumultumous times that the troubled paladin Marcus Stern encounters Ruffles, an angel stricken with amnesia. Together with the elven princess Sylrianah, reserved but curious to see the world beyond the forest, and Zarum the Lost, a battlemage with his own internal conflicts, they form an unlikely bond. These four heroes must discover their place in a world brought to war by misunderstanding and ignorance, and perhaps ultimately even save it from itself.
Well, they are saying that it'll be a PC game first and foremost.
Ruffles. Seriously, you've got English-natives on the team - you couldn't predict that this name would make you sound ridiculous?