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Sea of Stars Embarks for August 29th Release; New Switch Demo Available Now

Sea of Stars Screenshot

Sabotage Studio delighted fans of Sea of Stars by revealing an August 29th launch date during the first Nintendo Direct of 2023. Also, players can now get a preview of the adventure since a free demo on Nintendo Switch is now available for download.

Here’s the release date trailer that premiered earlier today:

The playable demo of Sea of Stars is an hour-long, puzzle and exploration-filled experience set in the whimsical early part of the game. I’m currently downloading it, and I plan to hop into it later this evening before capping the night off. The studio also confirmed that players on other platforms (PlayStation, Xbox, PC) looking to experience the demo will have to wait for it to arrive later this year.

Overview of Sea of Stars

Sea of Stars follows the story of two Children of the Solstice, joining players with youths Valere and Zale as they face their fated duty of becoming Solstice Warriors. By joining their Sun and Moon powers to cast powerful Eclipse Magic, this duo wields the lone power capable of fighting the monstrous creations of the evil alchemist known as The Fleshmancer.

Sea of Stars Key Features

  • Active Turn-Based Combat: Pressing the action button in sync with battle animations strengthens a hero’s attacks and reduces incoming damage during defense. Along with interactive timed attacks, combat features boosting and a strategic “locks” system, providing options for leveraging different damage types in order to hinder enemies while they are preparing powerful attacks or spells, all in an immersive take on the RPG genre; no random encounters, transitions to separate battlefields, or grinding.
  • Unshackled Traversal: Swim, climb, vault, jump off or scale ledges as you traverse seamlessly through the world with a navigation system based on platformer expertise that breaks free from classic, bound-to-the-ground tileset movement.
  • A Story Rich Adventure: Meet dozens of original characters and progress memorable story arcs throughout a captivating journey. Sometimes epic, sometimes silly, and other times emotional, Sea of Stars explores classic themes of adventure and friendship with heart, while also being chock-full of the unexpected twists and events you’d expect from a Sabotage Studio production.
  • All Fun, No Tedium: Enjoy experimenting in combat without fear of hitting a wall requiring grinding or farming for unique items; in Sea of Stars, defeat calls for a change in battle plans, not hours of repetition to better the odds in a rematch.
  • A World You Can Touch: There are many ways to hang out in the world of Sea of Stars if you feel inclined to change the pace during your adventures. Sailing, cooking, fishing, stopping by a tavern to listen to a song, or playing the beloved tabletop game known as “Wheels” … every system has been designed to deliver an experience that pays tribute to retro classics, while rethinking conventional elements to offer a smooth and refreshingly modernized experience.
  • Radiant Lighting: Dynamic lighting effects pair with a world-influencing day/night cycle to make every area feel truly alive, pushing the traditional visual limits of classically stylized 2D pixel art games – the only way to properly tell the story of heroes conjuring the powers of the Sun and the Moon.

Sea of Stars releases on August 29th for Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. The game was also listed in the lineup of our most anticipated games of 2023. Plenty of fans are surely excited for this to come out soon, namely my colleague Tom Cox, who is also a Kickstarter backer.

Stay tuned to RPGFan for all the latest coverage of Sea of Stars and other indie developers.

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Tin Manuel

Tin Manuel

Tin is a Graphic Designer by the day & an adventurer in whatever game she is playing at night. She gets giddy talking about RPG games (specifically JRPGs), new releases, and loves almost every female protagonist. She loves animals but has a great fondness towards pugs & shibas. She’s forgetful at times but she will never forget Aerith’s death in 480p.

3 Responses to Sea of Stars Embarks for August 29th Release; New Switch Demo Available Now


Thanks for letting us know the demo will be coming to other platforms! I'm not on any social media, & no other site I've visited mentioned it. 👍🏼 😸

Tin Manuel
Tin Manuel

Glad to be of help! I hope you enjoy the demo when you get the chance to try it :)


Nice demo. Defo sold me on the game even more. Also nice to see a game come out with a dedicated Québécois language option, as it does differ quite a bit from the French they speak in France.

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