Square Enix Reveals New Project Prelude Rune RPG, Developed in New Studio Under Hideo Baba

Square Enix has announced both a new RPG and an entirely new studio, headed by none other than former Tales of series producer Hideo Baba.

The new game is tentatively titled “Project Prelude Rune,” and its being developed by their new Tokyo-based studio Studio Istolia. It’s worth pointing out that Baba is president of the new studio.

Here’s a rundown on the new game, via Square Enix:

The project aims to build a new RPG with a new fantasy: unfolding across a vast land teeming with life. Nurtured by the earth, the many peoples of this land dare to dream, fighting for what is just—and this is their tale.

Square notes the studio’s name, Istolia, comes from the Greek word for “story,” which they’re heavily emphasizing is “central” to the studio’s core tenet. The now-forming studio will be poised to create “unforgettable stories that will inspire players in their own lives, and bring new game experiences to everyone around the world.”

This seems to be a totally newly formed studio, as they’re hiring a number of key positions, including: battle planner, map planner, battle programmer, ui designer, and more. You can read more about the studio over on their official website.

Brandon Orselli


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  1. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    February 21, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Actually the greek word for “story” is “istoria” and not “istolia”.

  2. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    February 21, 2017 at 12:56 am

    I think the wording is murky. They said “originates from” the “Greek word for story” …. I guess it can mean the same thing, lol. But that’s hilarious

  3. Gale
    February 21, 2017 at 1:17 am

    I wonder if he’ll ruin this one by obsessing over a VA until it ruins the game.

  4. Nagato
    February 21, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I was on board until I read Hideo Baba.

  5. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    February 21, 2017 at 3:14 am

    Isn’t that the guy that fucked up a Tales game or something? Never kept up with that series but I remember a giant shitstorm about it a year or two ago.

  6. Mr0303
    February 21, 2017 at 5:22 am

    The keyart is really pretty.

  7. Nagato
    February 21, 2017 at 5:46 am

    More like the Tales series in general; he became producer after Vesperia, so he pretty much spearheaded the series’ decline from being one of the genre greats to a PS3 budget series on par with the early Neptunia titles.

  8. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    February 21, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I didn’t even know Baba left Bandai Namco.

  9. Izzy Lichi
    Izzy Lichi
    February 21, 2017 at 9:01 am

    i bet 1000$ this will ultimately endup being named final fantasy 16

  10. UnpluggedBeta
    February 21, 2017 at 11:48 am

    “after vesperia” that was the last tales game I liked and the one I loved the most. I see, so the downfall is at least correlated with his ascendancy. Disturbing.

  11. stobgopper
    February 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I always find the way the japanese title their rpg so hilarious

  12. SiliconNooB
    February 25, 2017 at 3:06 am

    They changed the ‘r’ to an ‘l’ because that’s how Japanese people would pronounce it anyway.