The Messenger's retro RPG prequel Sea of Stars has been delayed into 2023 |

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Sea of Stars, the charmingly Nintendo-style RPG follow-up to The Messenger, has been delayed into 2023, developer Sabotage Studio announced this week.

Announced backmost successful 2020 (opens successful caller tab) with a Kickstarter campaign, Sea of Stars instantly won implicit our Tyler W with its delightfully not-quite-retro look—enhancing retro pixellated worlds with flashier, much modern dynamic lighting. But portion the program was to vessel Sea of Stars this year, the Quebec-based developer has since explained it needs a spot much clip to polish up those pixels.

Sea of Stars volition merchandise successful 2023 30, 2022

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Sabotage stressed that the hold was support some the prime of the crippled and the prime of the team. And portion the afloat crippled won't get until 2023, it sounds similar the program is to hopefully merchandise a "playable slice" sometime this year.

Sea of Stars truly does look gorgeous, mind, a retro RPG painted with a benignant of blooming, nostalgic haze. It's a acold outcry from the team's previous, Ninja Gaiden-inspired enactment platformer The Messenger, but supposedly takes spot successful the acold past—following a prima wizard and a satellite wizard arsenic they pb a classical RPG enactment done an land phantasy romp.

It sounds wonderfully nostalgic. It's conscionable a shame we'll person to hold a wee spot longer earlier mounting sail connected a Sea of Stars.

Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the archetypal time, and she's not stopped reasoning astir games since. Joining PC Gamer successful 2020, she comes from 3 years of freelance reporting astatine Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded successful the European indie country and a part-time crippled developer herself, Nat is ever looking for a caller curiosity to shriek about—whether it's the adjacent champion indie darling, oregon simply idiosyncratic modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She besides unofficially appears successful Apex Legends nether the pseudonym Horizon.