Sabotage Studio, the developer of the wildly successful ninja sidescroller The Messenger, has revealed its new game: Sea of Stars. Against all expectations, it is a 2D turn-based RPG that serves as a prequel to the events of Sabotage’s ninja action game, and it is inspired by various classic RPGs of the 1990s. The title is targeting a 2022 release on consoles and PC, and it is on Kickstarter seeking funds now.
Sea of Stars is the RPG you never saw coming from Sabotage Studio
Sea of Stars is about two Children of the Solstice, Valere and Zale, commanding the power of sun and moon to use Eclipse Magic, which uniquely can combat an evil alchemist called the Fleshmancer. At the start of the game, you will choose one of the two characters to be the party leader, and it will have minor effects on gameplay and narrative. But both characters will appear and travel together in the story, and there are six playable characters in total.
As for gameplay, Sea of Stars has no random encounters and combat occurs directly on screen, basically like in Chrono Trigger. And in combat, time-based button presses can deal more damage to enemies or protect against enemy attacks, like in the various Mario RPGs. Outside of combat, exploration will involve swimming, climbing, jumping, and other dynamic actions that make the world more enticing to experience. Plus, the 2D pixel art, in addition to just being really pretty to look at on its own, features dynamic lighting.
Sabotage Studio apparently intends for all of its video games to take place in the same shared universe of The Messenger, so fans should enjoy seeing how the pieces fit together. They also stress that Sea of Stars will receive the same deep level of polish and careful consideration of game mechanics that The Messenger received.
For old-school RPG fans, Sea of Stars looks like a dream come true. Check out Sabotage Studio’s Kickstarter page for the game if you are interested in supporting it.