Developers Sea of stars Sabotage Studio has released another gameplay trailer and provided more juicy details about the game.
First up, we get to see a boss battle in the regular weekly gameplay trailer, showing off the Arcane Singularity special attack. It is certainly quite bright.
You can view it below.
The developers then released an extensive Q&A video in which they provided a lot of details, including the game’s rich soundtrack directly from composer Eric W. Brown.
A super interesting element is that the game will have a pirate gang that can be found in taverns. This band is played by one of Brown’s friends who has a collection of traditional Irish instruments and they will play the music the player has unlocked (from the 40-50 list). However, they basically work like a jukebox in that you can walk up to them and ask them to play the song you want.
Each pirate plays a different instrument and has its own animation loop, and when you talk to a particular pirate, he will visually stop playing and his instruments will be muted, showing how much care has been put into it.
Another interesting detail is based on the technical limitations of the Super Nintendo. The console only had 8 audio channels, so the developers had to mute the drums every time they needed to add a different sound during combat. Brown deliberately reproduced this limitation in Sea of stars using a filter. It’s not too noticeable, but it’s a small touch that recreates the retro vibe of JRPGs past.
We also hear about the music created guest composer Yasunori Mitsuda, which will have around 10 tracks in the game, while Brown has compiled around 150 tracks. Mitsuda-san has created various tracks, including city theme, boss theme, etc. By the way, none of his tracks included in the demo belong to Mitsudi-sensei.
By the way, about the demo version that was released only for Nintendo Switch a few days ago after the latest Nintendo Direct, we hear that it will also be coming to other platforms for the game later this year.
You can watch full video herewith many interesting details.
Sea of Stars will be released on August 29 for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. It’s an in-universe prequel The famous game The Messenger from the studio Sabotage and it was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that reached its goal in one day.
It comes with retro-style turn-based battles that aim to update the formula with timed attacks and defenses, tactical use of damage types, and more. Of course, it also comes with an extremely beautiful pixel art, enriched with dynamic lighting, which you can see in today’s trailer.
The story includes dozens of characters and story arcs, promising an “exciting journey,” but if you want to take a break, you can still enjoy side activities like fishing and mini-games, including an in-game board game called Wheels, where you can play taverns.