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JRPG Revival Project Phoenix Rises On Kickstarter

By Nathan Grayson on August 13th, 2013.

I wanted the headline subtitle to be 'Nobuo Oooooo-ematsu,' but it wouldn't fit :(

The opening to Project Phoenix‘s Kickstarter video is kind of like a summoning scene from the very sort of JRPG it’s hoping to bring back. Big, handsomely stylish, and full of Gregorian chanting. Difference is, instead of beloved names like Bahamut, Ifrit, and Shiva, it raises a staff toward the heavens and calls upon the immortal prowess of developers who worked on Final Fantasy, Diablo, Metal Gear, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Halo, Valkyria Chronicles, and the like/unlike. It quite proudly boasts “creators from the East and West” and “visionaries young and old,” which could make for a fascinating thematic melting pot. Or a confused disaster. That said, music’s coming from none other than Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu himself, and the combat is actually more RTS than traditional JRPG. I am intrigued. More below.

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