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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.
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.
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E3 catch up

Posted by CIA, Inc. (Creator)

Hi everyone!

Hiroaki Yura will be available to meet and talk to backers from 1800-1900 just outside of the South Lobby of the LA Convention Center.

He will be wearing a Khaki/tanned colored Project Phoenix T-shirt.

He is very much looking forward to meeting you all! (Please don't bombard him with mean questions and treat him gently as if you'd handle Ruffles on a bad day)

Project Phoenix PR Team


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    1. Steve van Weelij on

      Good job Hunter Bateman, for showing Hiro he should never do this again. Thanks for the bad aftertaste about this project.

    2. Iris on

      Well and I'm a bit late anyway on this comment!

    3. Iris on

      So will we get to see Mr. Hiro cosplaying as Ruffles?!
      Too bad for me, I live in Europe :^)

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      Christian on

      Hi, when can we expect the PR update you mentioned in update #115?

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Hiro & I did end up speaking privately a while, he is a great man.

      He took the time to speak things out with me at the end of his insanely hectic E3 schedule, for which he's got so much more to do tomorrow & he's jetlagged beyond heck... he was so sincere and kind; he went well beyond what I expected to ensure we were good and to make me feel valued.

      Everything is amicable and I can say with great confidence that he means so well and is an incredible individual, through and through.

      I apologize to everyone who had to see our exchange(s) earlier.

      I feel so assured about the project and him as a developer/leader now, I think you should too.

      This response is of my own accord, he didn't ask me to or anything of the sort--I just legitimately had such a pleasant rally with him that I think you should all know.

      Retract any negative bits from before, I do think we should give him hugs and chocolate lol.

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      Shawn Mongillo on

      So... we should hug him and offer him chocolates?

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Good point though. Public forum isn't the best place to exchange such words.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Eh, I said my peace. I just felt the need to defend myself when I felt he insinuated (negatively, insultingly I took it as) I flaked on him. I'm good to leave it be now.

    9. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      David Kennedy >>

      I agree with you completely. My apologies for the ugliness. I've attempted to keep it private several times but to no avail :(

      Director / Producer of Project Phoenix
      Hiroaki Yura

    10. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Hunter Bateman >>

      I'm not calling you a liar, it's just i feel that some of the comments are untrue, and your understanding is not what I understand it to be.

      Director / Producer of Project Phoenix
      Hiroaki Yura

    11. David Kennedy on

      This is just a 3rd party perspective, and I didn't read the whole thing, but it doesn't really look like either of you are respecting the other person.
      Perhaps take this to private messaging?

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Rather than telling me I'm lying, how about clarify my points if you think them untrue (rather, than stating them false outright... which, I don't even know where to begin with that one...)?

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Nothing about what I said is untrue, you're calling me a liar now?

    14. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Hunter Bateman >>

      Your comments are untrue and misleading. Sorry, I just have to put it out there for those that are reading this.

      If you're having trouble in believing in the project, please let me give you a refund.

      Director/Producer of Project Phoenix
      Hiroaki Yura

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Ultimately, however, I just feel extremely letdown, as I felt this pub crawl to be the planned amends for the object of the Apology Update. When combined with the original delay, the suspected additional delay to come on Alpha, & what I feel is stark disrespect/rudeness from you towards me (to be fair, I'm certain you feel disrespected in a like fashion, never but intent but for which I do apologize for nevertheless)... it just feels crappy is all, like you're not a man of your word or trustworthy. It's concerning is all. I'd love to see this project come to life by you, I'm just having trouble.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      I did, what I judged right for me, given the toxic situation I perceived I was in. You may call it flaking but that implies bailing without notice (last minute) or a breech of contract, in my understanding. Neither of which I did, I gave you appropriate notice & there was no 'last minute' to the nature of the assigned work as you gave me no hard deadlines. Neither did we ever enter into a contracted agreement, my volunteerism was very loosely designated in verbal word between us both. I think a finer example of flaking to be what you've done with the pub crawl. I would consider this to be 'last-minute.'

      I don't know, I just don't think it fair to put such words on me personally... given how poorly treated I felt & the nature of the volunteer-designation you set.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Understood! Jet lag is rough & E3 is especially a busy time. It is too close a call for me to organize a pub crawl now, as I am too far a drive to even be able to be present within the time allotted.

      Flaking, in English, carries a negative connotation. I had sound reason, in my opinion, to cease volunteering for you. If you have issue with the method in which I terminated my volunteer-status, I would be glad to speak with you privately so that we may make amends.

      Otherwise, I wouldn't seem it fair to treat my termination in such a negative light directed as me alone, as my reason for exiting the project so soon was feeling that your work issuance was inappropriately overloaded for a free volunteer. It felt, to me, like you demanded too much of me.

      With the passive-aggressive attitude you've displayed toward me now, that is further reason I made my decision. I feel the relationship has been abusive on your end & that it would've been harmful to resume work for you in such a toxic working environment.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      No problem! Whenever you're able is fine. Clearing the confusion at some point would be nice, if you may :)

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      Hunter Bateman on

      In fairness, "promised" is not accurate. But invited, followed by same-day cancellation is correct, no?

    20. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Hunter Bateman >>

      Indeed you are very confused. I'm sorry about your confusion. I cannot attend to your enquiries now, I've almost spent 40 minutes of my day attending to you whilst at E3 and handling other tasks.

      Sorry if I start to not respond to your messages but I hope you understand.

      Director/Producer of Project Phoenix
      Hiroaki Yura

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      Hunter Bateman on

      As well, you mention "the pub crawl" in the main comments section, treating it as a planned event. So treating it as if you were merely asking for interest in attending one doesn't make sense... because you planned as compensation regardless of attendance, by your words. So I'm confused then?

    22. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Hunter Bateman >>

      I'm jet lagged, tired and have had a day full of interviews.

      If you can take full responsibility for the pub crawl you desperately want, then please, organize like you said you will when you decided to volunteer to help our PR but decide to flake out three days later.

      Without full knowledge of the area, it's very hard to take responsibility for this. So we've decided to do what we can with the time provided.

      Also "wondering" does not imply a "promise". At least that's what I learnt in English classes in Australia.

      Director/Producer of Project Phoenix
      Hiroaki Yura

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Also, we're not forced to go to the bars that're within only a few mile radius... lots of good regions nearby, we can still do a pub crawl with ease.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      "I'll be at E3 this year, I was wondering if people nearby would like to go drinking (ie pub crawl) with me on the 16th of June to make up for our poor updates?"

      This may as well read, synonymously, 'who would like to go to a pub crawl with me on the 16th of June to make up for our poor updates?'

      Even using a conditional, it reads as an invitation. Not only that, in the comments for the Apology Update, you wrote, "who is still in for a pub crawl?" Still in, as it, you made arrangements or plans with those who were 'in' to pub crawl with them (I being one of them).

      So you're saying that all you were doing is gauging interest, why didn't you follow-up then & state that there wasn't enough interest to merit one?

      Not only that, it's crowded but so what? The people crowding the bars are the very same category as you & I, but they're doing it. Feasibility isn't a fair counter-point as you invited us to pub crawl with you as part of a formal apology.

      An hour long meet-and-greet doesn't equate either, especially when considering that we'll have to pay for parking to visit.

    25. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      David Ryu >>

      Thanks for your understanding! You can expect me to do my best.

      Director/Producer of Project Phoenix
      Hiroaki Yura

    26. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Hunter Bateman >>

      However I must be very clear that I didn't promise a pub crawl, I wanted to find out who was interested.

      This is my response to the situation where our team deemed that this was the best response, to make time and effort to meet people despite not in the most suitable situation.

      I hope you understand and don't bite at every single mistake we make, as our priority is in trying to make the best game possible.

      Director/Producer of Project Phoenix
      Hiroaki Yura

    27. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Hunter Bateman >>

      Hiro here. I'm sorry that your expectation for pub crawling wasn't feasible since a there's an overcrowded bunch of developers in the radius of 2 miles from E3.

      I hereby make a public apology for my misjudgment about not being able to pub crawl.


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      Hunter Bateman on

      I understand the pubs are overcrowded, but the pub crawl was promised as part of the apology letter. You guys could reserve a space at a restaurant or banquet hall if crowding is a concern. An hour isn't really enough time to pub crawl either, it would take at least half that time to get everyone's drinks at just one bar. A pub crawl means bar hopping, so I'm confused.

      That hour will be meet and greet, so then what are we doing in place of the pub crawl if not bar hopping?

    29. David Ryu on

      I wish Hiro's interaction with fans today end on a positive note. Hiro is doing something that not many dares to do - making great games that he loves and sharing with others, all out of his passion and love. Such endeavors are not an easy road to take, and I hope that the fans will understand that and give him a message of encouragement.

    30. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      It'll most likely to be a hour of meet and greet with Hiroaki. The pubs are overcrowded with devs and I'm sure Hiroaki would prefer a quiet time to talk to you all

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Oh okay, so people will meet you there for an hour first & then will go to the bars after?

      I'm going to check into the parking cost/situation but since I'm not attending, I'll likely plan to meet at whichever bar you go to first instead.

      No sense in paying $15 to park & walk a long distance just to leave to go somewhere else shortly after arrival hehe.

    32. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Hi Hunter, the bars are overcrowded with people so we're trying to meet outside E3 for meeting people instead of in a bar where people can get lost

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Now I'm confused, that's the time you'd stayed for the pub crawl. Is it happening after then?

    34. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      The meeting will only be on the 16th of June, 1800-1900