Square Enix Announces New RPG Called Project Prelude Rune

It's the debut project of Square Enix's newly established Studio Istolia, which is headed up by former Tales producer Hideo Baba.

[Image: Square Enix via Gamer]

Via an official release, Square Enix explains that the name "Istolia" is based on the Greek word for story. "The aim of the studio is to provide unforgettable stories that will inspire players in their own lives, and bring new game experiences to everyone around the world," Square Enix adds.

Here is a first look at concept art for the Project Prelude Rune, a completely new IP.

[Image: Square Enix via Gamer]

[Image: Square Enix via Gamer]

Battle art.

[Image: Square Enix via Gamer]

Baba, who previously worked at Namco Bandai, is producing the project.

No word yet on when this title will be released or for which platforms, but Project Prelude Rune appears to be quite early in development. The studio is currently hiring planners, designers and programmers.


    Prelude Rune is way too normal a name by squeenix standards. Come back to me when its 'PreLUDErous Rune 014 -überhöht-'

    Last edited 22/02/17 10:13 am

      Needs more tildes.

      ~Prelyude Ryune: - Ascension Part 2.02; THE BEGinninG~

    I wonder if Squeenix is just going to keep randomly creating new studios to make RPGs. Maybe it's like some evolutionary test and only the strong ones are left alive and pitted against each other until one ultimate studio remains.

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