A new funding drive for a strategy RPG billing itself as the spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics began its Kickstarter campaign yesterday with a goal of $600,000. Developed by California based studio Playdek, the team is being helmed by Final Fantasy Tactics creator Yasumi Matsuno and will be titled Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians.
Matsuno is no stranger to the world of strategy RPGs having not only been the primary force behind Final Fantasy Tactics, but also genre classics Vagrant Story and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Matsuno also has plenty of clout in the JRPG world thanks to his major roles in the development in Ogre Battle, Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.
Originally envisioned as an SRPG developed for iOS and Android based phones and tablets, Playdek decided to launch the Kickstarter after community requests to see the game on PC and Mac. Playdek was reassuring in that the game will be developed with all platforms in mind rather than porting a mobile title to a desktop computer.
While the $600,000 initial goal is a little daunting at first (and with stretch goals planned through $3.2M), the Kickstarter campaign already has over $200,000 in just the first day. Notable stretch goals include reuniting Matsuno with composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII) at $1.3M and adding on the veteran localization duo of Alexander O. Smith and Joseph Reeder at $900K. I personally have my eye on the lofty goal of $2.8M, which will guarantee a 3DS version.
While the development of Unsung Story is hard to see beyond their initial concept art, Playdek certainly seems to have a team in place that is comfortable with each other and definitely has the chops to create a great SRPG. With incredible projects like Mighty No. 9 and Broken Age leading the way for Kickstarter gaming campaigns, I have high hopes for Unsung Story.