Retro-style RPG Sea of Stars has been delayed until 2023 according to a statement shared by developers Sabotage.
Sabotage is the team behind the 2018 action platformer The Messenger. The studio’s mission statement is to bring its own style to the genres the developers played as kids. Sabotage combines modern game design with retro aesthetics and that’s exactly what they’re hoping to achieve once again with their latest project Sea of Stars which is actually a prequel to The Messenger although it’s acts of completely different genres.
Sea of Stars was originally slated for a 2022 release, but Sabotage announced via Tweet that they would be pushing the release to 2023:
“As we get closer to a very big milestone, the road to launch becomes clearer, and we find ourselves here with a big body of text and our logos at the bottom. Keeping in mind our two main priorities – our team’s quality of life and the quality of the finished game – we can now confirm that Sea of Stars will be released in 2023.”
The statement continued, “We understand that the wait is a big ask and sincerely want to thank our community for the overwhelming support and positive vibes. In the meantime, we’re looking at options to deliver a playable slice to everyone this year.
The game was originally announced at Summer Game Fest in 2020 and then a Switch port was confirmed in December 2021. Sea of Stars has an art style that really matches the game’s modern and classic focus, as you can tell see in the trailer below:
Yasunori Mitsuda, who composed the music for one of Sea of Stars’ inspirations, Chrono Trigger, will act as guest composer on the track.
Sea of Stars is slated for release in 2023 on PC and Nintendo Switch.