Sabotage, the developers behind The Messenger, started a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for their next game, Sea of Stars. This time around, they opted for self-publishing and it seems to work well so far as they reached the funding goal in under 24 hours.
Retro gaming fans were greeted with a delightful game in 2018. The Messenger was highly reminiscent of the classic Ninja Gaiden series but it evolved properly to capture the attention of gamers in the modern-day. Just like many other not-so-AAA projects, the game was published by Devolver Digital.
Fast forward to 2020, Sabotage, the folks who developed it are looking to get their next project funded by the players and fans. Sea of Stars appeared on Kickstarter on 19 March 2020 with a humble goal of $90,760 and it really didn't take long to get past it.
Before 24 hours passed, the number on Kickstarter campaign showed the goal had been reached and the funding was headed for the first stretch goal, which is the Single Player+ mode along with an additional dungeon.
Speaking of dungeons - yes, Sea of Stars will be an isometric RPG in the style of those played on SNES rather than a side-scrolling ninja adventure. Just like many JRPGs of the time, it will have a pixelated style, turn-based combat and real-time navigation through the world.
However, it will evolve past the RPGs of old and simple shrubs will no longer pose as unbeatable obstacles . Sea of Stars will have swimming, climbing, vaulting, jumping off and hoisting over ledges for the maximum immersion.
Players will go through the adventure with the Solstice siblings who will be joined by four other characters who are yet to be revealed. You can check out more info on the Kickstarter page that displays some interesting enemies as well, such as the Skullpion.