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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.
15,802 backers pledged $1,014,600 to help bring this project to life.


Posted by CIA, Inc. (Creator)

First, a few updates! 

I didn’t see their names on the list but are Kevin Penkin and Tomoki Miyoshi still on the project? 

Kevin is no longer involved but Tomoki is still involved. 

Do any of the Project Phoenix artists have pixiv or Deviant Art accounts? 

Unfortunately, no. 

Is Project Phoenix the final name? 

No, but you will certainly hear about the new name (once we have it) here first.

Update on the programming situation: We should be able to nail down contracts by late October and then we can begin scheduling out the rest of the work. 


Here are some finished models from Act I as rendered in Unity. While the models are complete, everything else is not, such as lighting, textures, etc. and obviously also no animations or effects. They will also ultimately be rendered in Unreal 4 which may or may not make much difference in appearance.

Marcus Variant
Marcus Variant
Demon Boss
Demon Boss
Dragon - Demon Boss included for size reference
Dragon - Demon Boss included for size reference


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    1. Cenk "Skysect" Aslan on

      Hi , I don't have any hope for this game now . It seems too late for a progress , So I want a refund . Thanks .

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      Jamal Collins on

      I like the models, especially Satsuki. Keep up the good work. This wait is killing me but things seem to be coming together for your guys. Can't wait for the game to come fully to life.

    3. Skyl--- on

      Looks amazing, keep it up :)

    4. Chisaku on

      Awesome models! *___*

    5. Ryan on

      Wow these look great!!! So excited to see them in action.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Maybe some cute lil gloves?

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      Hunter Bateman on

      I think Ruffles' look nice with a wristlet or bangles added :)

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      Azure on

      I like the models so far. Just Touch up Ruffles' face a little. That said, the dedication here is why I'm still looking forward to the project, missteps aside.

    9. Yvette Wade on

      I love these so far! Gotta say, I agree with the comments on the eyes for Ruffles and Marcus. While the others just look blank, they look intensely stark. Probably because the eyes are so wide and the whites are so bright compared to the other characters.

      @Eraciel I think that, while the characters are kind of similar, the only things that tie them together are 1) they have blue shirts and 2) They wear armor. Everything else is pretty different, IMHO.

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      Franggio C. Hogland on

      Ahhh good to see it about Zarum. May sound weird but was a big part on why I actually backed the KS. Even though I love the premise I'm kinda bored about how Japan and the rotw has this fix idea of just being Caucasians and boobs. That's, IMO, weird. :)

    11. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      @Claude M.
      Certainly not intentional. It's just the way things landed. We still have a few "gaijin" in the mix, though obviously fewer.

      @Keith McCoy
      No worries. Thank you for the feedback. Eyes are part of their texture which is unfinished at this time.

      @mrfatso ~ Defender of The Goat
      Haha, no problem. Yes, he is still on. Just clarifying a question someone had asked about those two composers specifically since I had previously left them off of my staff list.

      @Winston Wong
      Not sure about Nadia. I have not heard anything yet definitive about her continuing involvement.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      Awesome :) more like this, more regularly & I'll lay off :P this' perfect

    13. Winston Wong on

      Ahh this was a long awaited update. These models, even in their unfinished state, look really good. I'm much more at ease now after being able to see them properly. They still need much work (especially on the faces!), but they do capture that chibi charm of many a JRPG adventurer.

      Kaede is definitely a stand out here, as a few have mentioned. She looks fantastic!

      Regarding staff updates, I have to admit I'm surprised Kevin Penkin is no longer around since he was providing much of the musical tracks we had for samples.
      Is Nadia still on the team? Her work is on localization, right? I think I saw somewhere that she provided some voice over samples for characters as well.

    14. David Ryu on

      Looking great. Can't wait to see them in U4 engine, with all of its glorious lighting and textures. Soldier on guys!

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      Thanks for the update, guys, I like the style! Here's hoping all that planning over the next month goes well.

    16. mrfatso ~ Defender of The Goat on

      Pls ignore my post. Just woke up and i was thinking, crap, did a staff left.


    17. mrfatso ~ Defender of The Goat on

      What about NOBUO UEMATSU?

      Is he still in the project?

    18. Andrew Waitas on

      Looking good. When these characters are lit they will look even better.

      Just want to throw it out there if you need help with environment models and textures I could help. Since I can't give money I could give my time.

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      Keith McCoy on

      I like what I see. One criticism - Marcus and Ruffles both need their eyes to be toned done just a bit. They are the two - human-like characters that have BIG dark eyes, but light colored hair....and those particular details really stand out in a negative, unbalanced way.

    20. Claude M. on

      Kevin gone as well? Is it just me or did you get rid of all the gaijin? :P

    21. Jasae Bushae on

      Im rather liking the boss designs. I am quite looking forward to this. ^^

    22. Eraciel Losareth on

      I love these designs ! Satsuki is so cute !
      Am I the only one who think that Lance is, unfortunately, a copy of Garen, from League of Legend, but, in Chibi Style ? Here's Garen for the comparaison ( not a complain, just a thought ^^ )

    23. sdfleischaker on

      Thank you! This was a fun update. Satsuki and Kaede are adorable. Good luck!

    24. Zombra on

      Gorgeous models.

    25. CIA, Inc. Creator on

      Zarum is confirmed as black.

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      Klaus Jonke on

      @Hunter: +1 from a whitey ;)

      Models are looking nice enough so far, I really, really hope this will work out in the end, so looking forward to playing this game however it will be called in the end.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      My only Q is: will Zarum return to being a black character when the models are being finalized? I'll be pretty sad if he got changed to another whitey.

    28. zkylon on

      nice, those look adorable

      hope the good news keep rolling

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      Joël CAGNARD on

      I want a Kaede figurine. <3

    30. Liam Allen-Miller on

      They look great! Kaede in particular.

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      Hunter Bateman on

      That's what I'm talking about! These look fantastic & exactly the thing I was hoping to see.


      Very nice.