Square-Enix Announces New RPG Called Project Prelude Rune

Square-Enix Announces New RPG Called Project Prelude Rune

The new adventure, which is the work of a new studio spearheaded by the Tales series' Hideo Baba, appears to be focused around nature.

Sit down for this one: Square-Enix is making a new RPG. Earlier today, the company announced "Project Prelude Rune," a game currently in development by a new Tokyo sub-studio called Studio Istolia.

"Istoila" is Greek for "story," by the way. Tell your teachers and / or loved ones. Impress them.

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Studio Istolia's name wasn't chosen lightly. The studio, which is headed by Hideo Baba (the former producer of Bandai Namco's popular Tales games), reportedly exists to "provide unforgettable stories that will inspire players in their own lives, and bring new game experiences to everyone around the world."

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As for Project Prelude Rune itself, Square-Enix's press release doesn't give us a lot of info about the game. It takes place "across a vast land teeming with life," where "Many peoples (…) dare to dream, fighting for what is just—and this is their tale."

Square-Enix also released some concept art for Project Prelude Rune. Both pieces do indeed highlight a very lush-looking world full of irregular-looking towers, greenery, adventurers with horses, and dragons.

Square-Enix has yet to say which platform(s) the game will appear on, or when we can expect to see it in the wild.

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Nadia Oxford

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Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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