Project Phoenix, the crowdfunded Japanese RPG that’s being developed by former members of the Final Fantasy, Valkyria Chronicles, and L.A. Noire development teams, has managed to more than double its original fundraising goal of $100,000 in less than a day.
According to Project Phoenix’s Kickstarter page, the game managed to meet its base goal within nine hours. The fundraising campaign is nearing its first stretch goal of $300,000, which will allow composer Nobuo Uematsu (best known for his work on the Final Fantasy series,) the funds he needs to complete some extra tracks for the game. The dev team plans to add more features to the game depending on how much money they raise: other stretch goals include customizable characters, additional zones, and additional side quests.
Project Phoenix is said to be a classically styled, single player Japanese RPG with a squad based battle system that’s reminiscent of real-time strategy games. The game is being developed by an independent team of industry veterans, including director Hiroaki Yura, who previously worked on Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles; composer Nobuo Uematsu, who composed the music for much of the Final Fantasy series and Mistwalker’s The Last Story; and game designer Vaughan Smith, who worked on L.A. Noire. Other members of Project Phoenix’s international team have worked on games such as Diablo, Halo, Skyrim, and Tenchu.
Project Phoenix seems poised to be the next big Kickstarter hit, so if you’re interested in the game, it wouldn’t hurt to invest in it now: anybody who donates over $20 to the project will get a free copy of the game when it’s released and early access to a beta version. The Kickstarter campaign for the game ends on September 11th.
Project Phoenix is currently in development for the PC and will be released sometime in 2015.