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Project Prelude Rune from Square Enix is seemingly dead

Mendinso

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Oct 25, 2017
1,404
Not surprising, but... Ouch. Just hoping the staff were brought on board for other projects.
 

Mendinso

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Oct 25, 2017
1,404
Hold on, I just thought about this...

So the game was officially revealed back in September 2018 (with some minor talk prior to this).

Baba left Square last couple months...

Then Square Enix just removes all references to the studio and website...

...What even happened!? That's such a short amount of time for all this to just fall apart.
 

Oregano

Member
Oct 25, 2017
6,222
Hold on, I just thought about this...

So the game was officially revealed back in September 2018 (with some minor talk prior to this).

Baba left Square last couple months...

Then Square Enix just removes all references to the studio and website...

...What even happened!? That's such a short amount of time for all this to just fall apart.
Perhaps it was already on shaky ground and the reception to the announcement was tepid enough to convince them to kill it?
 

Sandfox

Member
Oct 25, 2017
12,974
Hold on, I just thought about this...

So the game was officially revealed back in September 2018 (with some minor talk prior to this).

Baba left Square last couple months...

Then Square Enix just removes all references to the studio and website...

...What even happened!? That's such a short amount of time for all this to just fall apart.
My guess is SE trying to consolidate. Baba and Tabata both leaving within a month of each other with their projects being cancelled probably isn't a coincidence.
 

Oregano

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Oct 25, 2017
6,222
My guess is SE trying to consolidate. Baba and Tabata both leaving within a month of each other with their projects being cancelled probably isn't a coincidence.
As I said at the time I just hope Asano gets to continue his stuff.

I also wonder if they did actually kill the MIA Babylon's Fall?
 

SageShinigami

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Oct 27, 2017
15,066
So did Baba leave or was he fired? :/

At this point, you wonder how many projects they actually want to do.
 

SageShinigami

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Oct 27, 2017
15,066
As I said at the time I just hope Asano gets to continue his stuff.

I also wonder if they did actually kill the MIA Babylon's Fall?
Babylon's Fall was supposed to release THIS year. So doubtful. Maybe it got pushed to early 2020.

Asano should be fine. Bravely and Octopath both did well, and he wants his studio to generate a game a year--four IPs coming out on a cycle.
 
Oct 30, 2017
591
Canada
What even was this though? What platform? Switch? Looks mobile, which isn’t a bad thing, since I like mobile.

It’s also (slimly) possible they’re taking all the media and info down for a rebranding. But I wouldn’t hold our collective breath.
 

Bonejack

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Oct 27, 2017
6,174
Hmm, the style made it look more interesting for me than the recent FF games. Shame if it's dead, would've loved to see how this would have ended up.
 

Oregano

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Oct 25, 2017
6,222
I don't think the trailer reception had anything to do with it, what do they expect out of a trailer with one guy running on nondescript landscape?
I'm not saying it's reasonable, just that it might be the logic.
Babylon's Fall was supposed to release THIS year. So doubtful. Maybe it got pushed to early 2020.

Asano should be fine. Bravely and Octopath both did well, and he wants his studio to generate a game a year--four IPs coming out on a cycle.
Well if they're consolidating and want to concentrate on their AAA bread and butter the team making mid-tier games for Nintendo platforms would be the first to go.
 

Famassu

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Oct 27, 2017
6,347
My guess is SE trying to consolidate. Baba and Tabata both leaving within a month of each other with their projects being cancelled probably isn't a coincidence.
Tabata's project wasn't cancelled, though. If you're talking about the new next-gen game that the Luminous studio is making. It's still coming.
 
Oct 26, 2017
14,526
This never looked very good and with Baba leaving recently I wouldn't be surprised. Wonder if the team still exists or if they were sucked into SE proper.
 

Strings

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Oct 27, 2017
8,721
They were having trouble recruiting folks for their huge projects, let along starting new franchises, so I can sort of understand it. It's still a shame though, since SE could use an agile team that releases an ~AAish RPG every 2 years or so, ala Tales Of.
Hold on, I just thought about this...

So the game was officially revealed back in September 2018 (with some minor talk prior to this).

Baba left Square last couple months...

Then Square Enix just removes all references to the studio and website...

...What even happened!? That's such a short amount of time for all this to just fall apart.
The studio was announced in February 2017, and then the reveal in 2018 came along with a bunch of job postings for working on it. Afterwards, there were a bunch of Square folks like Kitase and Nomura talking about how difficult it was to source local developers in the current climate. Like I assumed above, I just kind of expect they had trouble getting a sizable and experienced enough team together, and the whole thing was moving too slowly.
 

AllEchse

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Oct 29, 2017
664
I really hope Asano's Team is safe, I mean Octopath was a little hit right?

Also what about Tokyo RPG Factory?
Their games were never that good but the last one looked promising as it was an action RPG.
 

MilkBeard

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Oct 25, 2017
3,861
That sucks. It was early and a little rough, but I liked the art style they were going with.
 

Rotobit

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Oct 27, 2017
4,352
I really hope Asano's Team is safe, I mean Octopath was a little hit right?

Also what about Tokyo RPG Factory?
Their games were never that good but the last one looked promising as it was an action RPG.
Okinaki is pretty much on track, it's still getting advertised and seems to be in the polishing phase, if not done already. That said I've heard TRPGF's games didn't perform well, so I wouldn't be surprised if they're on the chopping block if that game underperforms.

To be honest I'm fine with these cancellations if it means SE has a better handle on its games and their production to avert things like Left Alive and Quiet Man.

So long as people get to keep their jobs, and the projects weren't super far into development, I'm not tooooo worried. All we knew about this game was it was kinda pretty, probably an action RPG (?), and the main dude had bad fashion sense and a silly walk cycle.