The legendary composer joins the old-school RPG’s development.
Sabotage Studio have announced that their upcoming old-school turn-based RPG Sea of Stars has added celebrated composer Yasunori Mitsuda to its ranks. In an update over on the game’s Kickstarter page, they made the announcement that Mitsuda would be a guest composer for the game- though this wasn’t among the campaign’s stretch goals.
“By contributing his legendary musical genius to the project, he will help convey the depth of this fantasy world’s story while ensuring its nostalgic roots are paid proper homage,” the developer wrote in its update. “Being such an inspiration for all of us, Mitsuda represents exactly what Sea of Stars needed to feel truly whole.”
Mitsuda also gave a message of his own, saying that the game’s 90s era-inspired aesthetic and style appealed to him, while he was also drawn to the developer’s ability and willingness to inject neat new ideas and mechanics into its classic-inspired experiences as well, as seen in 2018’s The Messenger.
“Without knowing exactly why, ‘I want to write music for this game’ was the feeling I had while seeing it convey the nostalgic golden age of the 90s,” Mitsuda wrote. “Although there are still many games being released with this classic style, I don’t think players are satisfied with just nostalgia. As seen in their previous game, by adding new systems and ideas to classic formulas, Sabotage Studio breathes fresh, new air into their work.
“Impressed by the respect they show for their past games while at the same time giving players new ways to have fun, I found myself wanting to make a game with everyone at Sabotage Studio. Please look forward to an exciting adventure.”
Yasunori Mitsuda has been attached with quite a few notable video games throughout his career. His long, long list of works include Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and many, many more.
Sea of Stars is an old-school turn-based RPG inspired by the classic, and is set in the same universe as Sabotage Studio’s debut project, The Messenger. The game is scheduled for a 2022 launch on PC and consoles, with the latter currently being undefined.