After being announced by surprise in November 2016 and surprising the world with a spectacular gameplay trailer during E3 2018, Project Awakening has disappeared from circulation. Many fans have taken its cancellation for granted. Today, almost three years after the classification of the PEGI, the Japanese developers of Cygames have returned to show the game with a new video. They have unveiled the graphics engine used to give life to this particular high fantasy JRPG: the Cyllista Game Engine.
Project Awakening (working title) was announced in 2016 as an open-world JRPG action that winks at Western RPGs (both in design and narrative front) and gameplay halfway between Monster Hunter and Dragon’s Dogma. Cygames developers have revealed very little information about the game. Still, today, we know Junji Tago, Assistant Director of Hideo Kojima in Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain is responsible for the project’s direction. At the same time, Kenichiro Takaki (Senran Kagura) covers the role of producer.
During the Cygames Tech Conference on November 14, 2021, Cygames returned to show the game, confirming that the project is still in development. The waiting times seem to have extended so long because of the presence of the new graphics engine, the Cyllista Game Engin, developed together with the game since 2016.
Project Awakening was announced as a video game coming out exclusively on PlayStation 4, but at this point, it is quite likely that the release is reserved for Sony’s next-gen console. We have to wait for the next developer update for the plot, characters, and release date.