Sea of Stars playable demo premieres on Nintendo Switch

Britt on 2023-02-08
Independent developer Sabotage Studio of Quebec partnered with Denver-based composer Rainbowdragoneyes (Eric W. Brown) on 2018's 2D platformer The Messenger.

The musician created the soundtrack in two halves. Representing the time shifts encountered when The Messenger transports between epochs, the score combines the 8-bit selections of "The Past" with 16-bit variations of "The Future."

Sabotage's followup title Sea of Stars is a turn-based RPG, inspired by 16-bit classics of the genre. Relating the story of two Children of the Solstice harnessing the power of the sun and moon, the two combine the forces of the Eclipse magic to wage battle against a nefarious alchemist known as The Fleshmancer.

In addition to the traditional turn-based combat, rhythm elements will play a pivotal role in the gameplay. Pressing the action button in sync with animations can increase the damage associated with attacks, while also deflecting attacks targeting party members.

Brown's digital EP "Wellspring Genesis" is comprised of seven tracks, available for purchase through Bandcamp, while "Encounter," "One Last Time," and "Starfaring" are streaming on Spotify. Teased in a special message posted to YouTube, Chrono Trigger composer Yasunori Mitsuda will be contributing music to the game's score.

Sea of Stars is due out on August 29th for PS4 and PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows through Steam. A playable demo is now available through the Nintendo eShop.

From the product page:
Engaging turn-based combat. Pressing the action button in sync with the animations increases damage output while reducing incoming damage. Along with timed hits, combat features multi-character combo attacks, boosting, and a strategic "locks" system offering options to play with different damage types in order to hinder enemies while they are channeling powerful attacks or spells, all in an immersive take on the genre; no random encounters, no transitions to separate battlefields, and no grinding.
Nintendo - Sea of Stars

YouTube Music - Sea of Stars: Wellspring Genesis