Many people have written off Project Awakening but it turns out that the project is still alive. The Japanese team responsible for it, Cygames, has just published the first new video in three years.
The video was shown during the Cygames Tech Conference stream, dedicated to the technology used in the team's projects. Subsequently, it's no surprise that the material focuses on demonstrating the capabilities of the Cylista Game Engine, which powers Project Awakening. The video shows the terrain and vegetation generation system, where hand-crafted details are supported by procedural solutions. The whole things looks impressive.
Cylista Game Engine is a proprietary technology of Cygames, which may explain the long development cycle.
Project Awakening was announced in 2018 and then it was supposed to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Now there is no longer any chance of that and the only question that remains is whether the project will come exclusively to PlayStation 5 or debut on multiple hardware platforms.
Project Awakening is a open-world fantasy action RPG. On the occasion of the game's announcement, producer Kenichiro Takaki informed that it is designed to attract western players.
It is worth noting that this is not the only project of this type on which Cygames is working. The team is also creating Granblue Fantasy: Relink. This game, however, will bet on anime visuals and a much faster combat system (Project Awakening is inspired by solutions from the Dark Souls and Monster Hunter series), so both productions won't get in each other's way.
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