Sea of Stars, the next game from the people that created The Messenger, just landed a big name composer in Yasunori Mitsuda.
Mitsuda's most famous work came as the composer on Chrono Trigger, the beloved 1995 Super Nintendo RPG. He also worked on Xenogears and Shadow Hearts. Mitsuda will write music for the game alongside the game's original composer, Eric W. Brown.
Mitsuda spoke of the project's hypnotic effect over him, saying he found himself wanting to make a game with Sabotage Studio. "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," said the composer. "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."
The feeling is mutual, as Creative Director and CEO of Sabotage, Thierry Boulanger, said the composer's music "has carried me for years."
"He has been such an inspiration for so many of us," Boulanger said, "we couldn’t be more honored that some of his music will be added to our game. It’s exactly what Sea of Stars needed to feel truly whole.”
Sea of Stars is a turn-based RPG itself, set within the same universe as developer Sabotage's breakout hit, The Messenger, which today sits with a "Mighty" 86 OpenCritic average from 76 critics. The Sea of Stars Kickstarter went live a few weeks ago and as the campaign now approaches its finale, funding is up nearly 500% over its original goal. Suffice it to say it's been a hit.
The game is still a ways off, with launch scheduled for 2022 on "PC and consoles."