Sea of Stars Articles RSS Feed | Sea of Stars RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Sea of Stars Introduces Garl, the Warrior-Cook Sat, 18 Apr 2020 11:06:30 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Sea of Stars Kickstarter campaign wraps up soon, and Sabotage Studios treated everyone to a new first look. We already know a bit about the Messenger prequel's protagonists, Valere and Zale, and now we get a glimpse of their best friend and companion Garl.

The profile was posted on Sea of Stars' Kickstarter page, and Gematsu first picked up on it.

Unlike Valere and Zale, Garl has no special powers. While that didn't do much to hamper their friendship, it did cost Garl his left eye during an encounter with the Fleshmancer's minions — an encounter only his friends had the ability to overcome. So, Garl was separated from his friends for his own safety.

Since he was still a resident of Mooncradle, the town responsible for raising and training the Solstice Children, he was taught special skills to make him useful for his friends — but just the one.

Garl is all about preparing wholesome meals for his friends, doing whatever he can to support them, keep their strength up, and boost morale. He can't fight like Valere and Zale, but he does take up defense in battle.

Even though Garl isn't a Solstice Child, his kindness hints at a different destiny for him as one who can "soothe a long tormented soul."

The wait for Sea of Stars will probably be a long one, with a 2021 release window being all we have for now. While it's a painful wait, we're very much looking forward to seeing how Sea of Stars develops along the way — especially the soundtrack.

You can check out the Kickstarter update on the Updates page, and the original story is over on Gematsu.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Sea of Stars news as it develops.

Chrono Trigger Composer Yasunori Mitsuda Joins Sea of Stars Team Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:47:04 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sea of Stars, the latest project from Sabotage Studios, already has a lot going for it, but it just got even better. Composer Yasunori Mitsuda, famous for his work on Chrono Trigger, announced he's joining the project and will contribute new, original pieces to the soundtrack for the upcoming Messenger prequel.

That would be pretty incredible news for any game, but it's even more so considering Sea of Stars is an indie title taking inspiration in part from Chrono Trigger.

Mitsuda provided a statement on the game's Kickstarter explaining why he decided to contribute, saying, "Without knowing why, 'I want to write music for this game' was the feeling I had while seeing it convey the nostalgic golden age of the 90s."

He also said it's about more than nostalgia. Sabotage's efforts with The Messenger, combining new ideas with classic formulas, is what really made their work stand out.

Impressed by the respect they show for past games while at the same time giving players new ways to have fun, I found myself wanting to make a game with everyone at Sabotage Studio. Please look forward to an exciting adventure.

Sabotage's creative director, Thierry Boulanger, said:

Mitsuda’s music has carried me for years. I still listen to his work every week while working at the studio. He has been such an inspiration for so many of us, we couldn’t be more honored that some of his music will be added to our game.

It’s exactly what Sea of Stars needed to feel truly whole.

Sea of Stars' Kickstarter campaign is getting pretty exciting. It reached the base funding goal in under 10 hours and smashed three stretch goals, bringing a sort of co-op mode with Single Player+, bonus dungeon, in-game cinematics, New Game+, alternate ending, and behind-the-scenes documentary to the package.

As yet, there's still no solid release timeframe for Sea of Stars, but stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Sea of Stars updates as they develop.

The Messenger is Getting an RPG Prequel in Sea of Stars Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:39:20 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Sabotage Studios is known for its first title, the smash-hit Ninja Gaiden homage The Messenger. Now, that game is getting a prequel styled as a retro RPG called Sea of Stars — and it's the game Sabotage wanted to make from the very beginning.

Sabotage launched a Kickstarter today to help gauge interest in the title, and Thierry Boulanger, Sabotage's creative director, spoke with Destructoid about Sea of Stars' origins.

Even though Sabotage wanted to make an RPG first, Boulanger says they knew no one would invest in a story-heavy game from an unproven studio. So The Messenger was born, but it still has ties to Sea of Stars.

Sea of Stars tells the story of how the world of The Messenger came to be. It focuses on two children, Zale (SunBoy) and Valere (MoonGirl), both of whom are Children of the Solstice who wield the powers of sun and moon, respectively. Eclipse Magic is what happens when their powers combine, and they must work together to stop the The Fleshmancer, an evil alchemist bent on world destruction.

If Sea of Stars reminds you of retro RPGs like Crono Trigger, Boulanger says it's supposed to. But it's more than just nostalgia pandering. He tells Destructoid:

We're not just banking on them because retro can sell. We're putting in the work to rethink the systems, to modernize, while also letting shine what aged well.

There won't be [level] grinding. "These are all things that we don't have time for. We just want the good parts of those [influential] games.

The Sea of Stars Kickstarter page says it's not expected to launch until 2022, and there's no word yet what systems it will release on. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Sea of Stars news as it rises above the horizon.