Square Enix forms studio for new RPG property 'Project Prelude Rune'


Headed up by Hideo Baba

Role-playing game fans have a pair of new names to try and remember.

One is “Studio Istolia,” a Tokyo-based studio recently formed under Square Enix, and the other is “Project Prelude Rune,” the RPG intellectual property the group is creating. Former Tales series producer Hideo Baba is on board as both the studio head and the producer of Project Prelude Rune.

Per Square Enix Holdings, “The name Istolia originates from the Greek word, ‘story’ and is central to the studio’s primary value. 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.”

Details on Prelude are minimal to non-existent, but in terms of setting or story, “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.”

Given the brief announcement and job openings on Istolia’s site, this all seems very far off.

Studio Istolia [Official site]