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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.

The End of the Beginning. A New Journey Awaits!

Posted by CIA, Inc. (Creator)
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Total Funds $1,065,910

For Japanese backers...


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For everyone else... THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! ONE MILLION DOLLARS! Dr. Evil would be jealous!!!

It’s difficult to put into words how grateful and awestruck we are for your support and continued interest in our endeavour, Project Phoenix. What started as little more than a spark of hope and memory of JRPGs in days gone by has, thanks to YOU, become a blazing reality. Quite literally, our dream meant nothing if people didn’t share our belief in it, and it is overwhelmingly clear by the figures generated in just a month that so many of you want Project Phoenix to take wing as much as we do.

Now that you have so loudly declared your support, it is our promise to you that we will work ceaselessly to ensure that Project Phoenix is as awesome as it can be.

One last Stretch goal passed!

We’d like to point out another important event that occurred just before the successful conclusion of this Kickstarter.

We’re very proud to announce that the final amount raised cleared one of the most anticipated stretch goals: a fully explorable overworld. The fact that we can now use this traditional JRPG feature in Project Phoenix brings us that much closer to what we feel will be a truly authentic experience as you explore Azuregard in all its breadth and glory. Furthermore, we’ll be working on more seamless transitions to combat from the overworld map to maintain immersion as you explore and battle your way across Azuregard.

The Kickstarter is over, but the journey has just begun. You can still support!

If you missed out on supporting us during this Kickstarter period, please be aware that you can still back the project and receive all relevant goodies via our Paypal store located here: More importantly, they’ll still count for stretch goals, so we’ll be sure to continually update on the total amounts we’ve received and what that means for us being able to broaden your gameplay experience!

What’s next?

As you can see from all the updates thus far, all the questions asked and answered and all the very talented people involved, we’re going to be extremely busy in the months ahead. We humbly ask that you understand that we are, despite the massive task ahead, a rather small team. It may take us some time to process all of the pledges, but please be aware that each and every backer of Project Phoenix made this possible.

While the Kickstarter might be over, we’ll continue to post news and information both here and on the official website.

On behalf of Ruffles, Marcus, Sylrianah, Zarum, Satsuki, Gorek and all the many people on Azuregard that you've brought to life through your passion and enthusiasm: we’re so glad you’ve decided to come along on the journey with us.

And from Steffen Unger and his team of 3D Modelers…

When we launched Project Phoenix, our stated goal was to raise a sufficient amount so that Steffen Unger and his team, who have worked on games as Crysis 3 and Halo 4, could work on Project Phoenix’s 3D models.  After all, we were aiming high and we wanted the quality of the characters to be reflective of our vision.  With the end of the Kickstarter campaign, Steffen and his team will be hard at work creating and polishing the character models to perfection.

So far, they’ve been able to translate the character designs for Ruffles and release a work-in-progress model of her in a turntable format.So click on the video below and let us know what you think!

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    1. Bastian Ganze on

      Ouch.... Thanks for the update and all but please reupload the video of ruffles without this peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. I think it destroys headphones.

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      Matthew Da Sicilia on

      Don't get me wrong, I love this design but what really drew me in to this project was how GONTARO brought these characters to life with his art style. Would really love to see his designs come to life in the game but I guess that's a little too ambitious at the moment.

    3. Peter Schweitzer on

      Ruffles likes to imitate things. Last week she imitated a computer having startup problems. She turned in a circle for five hours going: "beeeeeeeeeeep."
      It was hilarious.
      But hilarious.

      But no, seriously, this looks great!

    4. Innis on

      What's wrong with their nose?

    5. Dami Sogbesan on

      Get rid of their noses and I shall be satisfied.

    6. Innis on

      I thought the same thing about the hands when I first saw them. But the model is chibi-like and since it's still a first draft, I was like "eh no biggy."

    7. Chaz Stroud on

      I love her! Something is very slightly off with the hands. Maybe it's the wrist? Or the transition from arm to hand. Idk. But I really like it as is, just leaving feedback.

    8. Fabian Kurayami Bessa on

      She looks adorable!

      Hands a little too big for my taste tought.

      I can´t wait to see more!

    9. Rayge on

      I think once you start showing actual game play in the coming months that you'll be able to get the funds for the other tiers.

    10. St. McDuck on

      Ruffles looks great!

    11. Michaël Wilkey on

      Chibi character doesn't have feet guys. It's really cute and well made, not too much moe blob, just perfect. The hands are a bit big though.

    12. Josh Ankney on

      Great looking character model of Ruffles! Really excited to see some of the more mature looking characters in this fashion as well! Congrats on the Overworld stretch goal. I don't think a JRPG would feel the same without an EPIC overworld to explore. So excited for more information on this game.

    13. Sampawende on

      Very nice ! The details are something I really appriciate. Keep on the good work, we have faith in you guys !

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      David G Brown on

      A fully explorable overworld! This is amazing to hear. The model sample looks great so far.

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      Jeremy Tilton on

      I'm stoked we passed that last milestone. Explorable overworld is a key component to getting that traditional JRPG feel. So, why isn't it 2015 yet?

    16. Daniel Iron Skill Gonzalez on

      i like that her "Tiara" thing isn't "painted" on. I hate when models don't have that multi-layered look. Already shows that the modelers aren't lazy =)

    17. Lostman on

      Also, people, above the turntable clip, Ruffle's model is considered a "work-in-progress". It's not the final product.

    18. Lostman on

      Ruffles! :D Looks great. Can't wait for updates in the future.

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      Matt Leuthy on

      Congratulations on all the support you've received. It was awesome to see you break 1 million and then bust through that stretch goal late on the last night of funding. Should strong support continue via PayPal, I hope you all are able to work out that next stretch goal and get the game's soundtrack fully orchestrated.

      Ruffles' model looks very cute, and I like the detail on the back of her dress and her diadem. Because the tones on her model are all so light and pale, however, it might be difficult to make out that detail at a glance in-game. You might need to put greater emphasis on the outline of shapes, or maybe this won't be an issue in harsher lighting or against a darker background.

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      monte on

      Hope this is just concept looking forward to full character models not chibi stuff.

    22. Samir Montalvão Fraiha on

      I'm very happy for the project's success!
      I wish good luck in the next months! As a Pionner backer, I'll wait patiently for the game's launch! Since the very begin I knew this gonna be and amazing experience and a success experience!
      Keep going, ladies and gentlemen!

    23. FlareKnight on

      Congrats on so much getting raised. And good luck on the long road ahead of making this game a reality.

      The work-in progress Ruffles looks great.

    24. Gustavo Loureiro dos Reis on

      Nevermind, already made it. But, now I can see her... I don't know, she is quite low-quality right now, even for a WIP, don't you think? Especially her hands and feet...
      Are we going to be presented to each new step in her model? That would be awesome to see the improvement =)

    25. Gustavo Loureiro dos Reis on

      I can't get rid of the "PLAY" Button T.T!!!! It blocks her view /:

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      Matthew Roberts on

      3D Ruffles is adorable. I want a figure of -her-.

    27. Daniel Iron Skill Gonzalez on

      for a WIP this looks awesome... better than alot of other people's finished work lol Knowing that this already looks good with plenty of potential for improvement has me beyond excited. Good job!!

    28. Shiru XIII on

      Congratulations !!!!!!!
      And awesome model too !

      I can't wait to see the next updates ;-).
      Keep up the good work !

    29. Jim Carpenter on

      Awesome! Despite your small team, you are producing work the day after the kickstarter campaign. :) We look forward to what lies ahead, and as always, let your backers know how they can help.

    30. Antonio Santana on

      Man that is awesome, now it's the time to wait for future updates and to all in the Team... Congratulations!

    31. Ale on

      finally an in-game wip sneak peek! it's really awesome Ruffles comin' out good!
      I'd really like to know how much will we be able to zoom in on the chars cos they seem to be getting lots of detail, and the skinshade seems quite nice even though the render seems a bit over-exposed =) .I'll just ask in the forum xd

    32. DamnCatOnMyDesk

      Like the style of the initial model. Can't wait to see more in this style in future updates. ;)

    33. Vince Vazquez

      This looks great, you guys! Charming as heck; soft, clean texture work and perfectly capture the art style of the cute lil' avatars. It's going to be great to see all the other art that the 3D team comes up with in the months and year (or so) ahead.

    34. Adrian Tai on

      from what i understand... tiers will be limited and removed soon (where sold out).

      KS-exclusive goodies will also be removed soon. As they are a small team, it'll take them a few more days (probably) to make the changes on PayPal.

      do check out yesterday's HangOut session on YouTube:…

    35. IamHowie on

      Is this the chibi version? I want her figurine plz.

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      Richard Forster on

      Don't forget that this is a work in progress version and we are very far from the final product. This is something to whet our appitate.;)

    37. Caleb Benoit on

      wait does she have feet? lol.... looks good though

    38. Theo Berlin on

      I hope the model improve a lot and that you'll use something else for cinematics (not unity)

    39. Chaiyut Asawameiteerungroj on

      I'm OK with this model. I like this style, proportion of body and color shading. Does something likes hair, dress, etc. has movement while she walks or runs?

    40. dragonwanderer on

      The colors are rather bland and the feet looks strange, otherwise it's cute. :)

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      Toni-Jan Keith Monserrat on

      I guess the on-going paypal support means that we can still reach the other stretch goals :)

    42. Led on

      I'm a bit confused about the goodies. Weren't some of them limited as Kickstarter exclusives?
      Great little Ruffles :)

    43. Starfire on

      Very cool!

      Hey @CIA does that mean that the pledge tiers are not limited after all since people can keep pledging on Paypal?

    44. Jay Shah on

      The journey of waiting dost surely beginz! Make this game GREAT! Go Project Phoenix!
      Make us backerz & gamers HAPPY! Nice UPDATE! DOMO ARIGATO @_@

    45. Jordan York on

      Congrats! I pledged a dollar to follow the project. Once you offer PS4/Vita versions (preferably bundled with the soundtrack and artbook) I'll be throwing my money at your paypal. I hope that comes sooner than later.

    46. Jonathan Briggs on

      Good direction, but those feet and hands...looks Ew

    47. Benjamín Palacios Gonzalo on

      Is the render in a very (too much) lightened scenario, or the character lacks of contrast and some colors?

    48. Balmung on

      The Model looks good, but for a real great look it must be animated really good to show different types of emotes. Than you have the perfect charm and cuteness of the 2D SNES jRPG Characters in 3D. I must see the Char animated and the first what i think must be "kawaii", than its perfect. ;)