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Old 05-13-2019, 11:37 AM   #1
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Project Prelude Rune Possibly Cancelled by Square Enix

Wonder how much money was lost in this project? Maybe enough to build another game?

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Project Prelude Rune Possibly Cancelled as Official Site, Social Media Accounts Become Unreachable

Square Enix didn't communicate on what's happening with Project Prelude Rune since Hideo Baba resigned from the project.

The official site and social media accounts of Square Enix’s JRPG Project Prelude Rune became unreachable. Studio Istolia’s official site links directly to Square Enix’s now. Both the Twitter account and the Facebook account can’t be accessed anymore. Project Prelude Rune‘s sole trailer, which was revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2018, was also deleted from YouTube.

Hideo Baba recently resigned from Square Enix, his position as director of Studio Istolia, and Project Prelude Rune‘s development. Square Enix didn’t comment on the game’s development status.

In my opinion, there are two possible scenarios. The best scenario would be that Square Enix froze Project Prelude Rune‘s development, and will restart from the beginning under a new vision as the game’s director, Hideo Baba, left the project. It’s also possible that Studio Istolia will be dissolved, its staff reintegrated in another studio at Square Enix. The game’s development would restart at that new studio, the official site would relaunch once development restarts, with a brand new trailer reintroducing the project.

The second and worst-case scenario would be that Project Prelude Rune‘s development stops indefinitely, leading to the game’s unofficial cancellation.

Project Prelude Rune was announced back in 2017 and is supposed to launch on PS4. Soon after its announcement, Hideo Baba explained some of the western fantasy inspirations behind the project.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:09 PM   #2
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It's obvious it's been cancelled.

Well... given the work Baba did with the Tales of series, nothing of value was lost.
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Old 05-14-2019, 05:15 PM   #3
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Now it's official, wonder what is Hideo Baba up to nowadays? Maybe Microsoft should hire him to make a new Tales of like RPG for Xbox next gen?

Square Enix has closed Studio Istolia and cancelled its fantasy RPG title Project Prelude Rune, the company confirmed to USgamer.

“Following evaluation of various aspects of Project Prelude Rune, development of the title has been canceled,” a Square Enix representative said. “Studio Istolia is no longer in operation and we have been taking appropriate steps to assign studio staff to other projects within the Square Enix Group.”

The establishment of Studio Istolia and Project Prelude Rune were announced in February 2017 under the leadership of former Tales of series producer Hideo Baba. The fantasy RPG title was shown for the first time at Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia’s pre-Tokyo Game Show 2018 press conference, where it was confirmed to be an Unreal Engine 4-based PlayStation 4 title. In April, Hideo Baba announced that he left Studio Istolia in December 2018 and left Square Enix entirely in March 2019.

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