Edge of Eternity, the Kickstarter-funded JRPG tribute from Midgar Studio, has entered the alpha stage, and the developers have released a new trailer to celebrate the milestone .
Given that the game was originally scheduled for release in December last year, Midgar Studio is far behind schedule on production of the title, though the team has announced a new release window of Q1, 2018. The alpha stage means that game is now entirely playable from beginning to end, but additional features remain to be added and considerable refinements must still be made before it can be released.
The trailer showcases the game’s state-of-the-art visuals and stunning artistic design across a range of characters and environments, in both cutscenes and gameplay. Although the footage is relatively light on information, it does show off both exploration and provides a glimpse of the ATB-based combat system.
Edge of Eternity is billed as a tribute to classic JRPGs, while also drawing several key elements from more modern WRPGS to represent a fusion between the two branches. Furthermore, the developers aim to innovate on existing formulae by adding weapon evolution a dynamic events system, through which weather and time of day can affect the status of both player party members and enemies.
The story, meanwhile, fuses high fantasy and science-fiction, though remains heavily inspired by Final Fantasy, with its focus on crystals and magic. More details about the story can be found on the game’s Kickstarter page.
Edge of Eternity began its crowdfunding campaign in February 2015, earning almost four times its initial funding goal. Since then, Midgar Studio has released a few updates, but remained relatively quiet. With the alpha stage now in progress, new information about the game is likely to emerge more frequently.
The game is currently targeting a release in early 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.