It's been a while since we've heard from Sabotage Studio about its upcoming retro-flavoured turn-based RPG Sea of Stars — in fact, we spoke to the developers and saw a remote demo of the game way back in March 2020. The game looked absolutely lovely even back then, and it seems it has only got lovelier in many months since then.

The developers — the same team responsible for the excellent retro-inspired platformer The Messenger — were tentative about confirming whether the game would definitely come to Switch at the time, but it's now been confirmed in the Nintendo Indie World Showcase that Sea of Stars is scheduled for launch on your favourite Nintendo handheld hybrid next year, specifically in the 'Holiday 2022' window.

Yes, that is a whole year from now, but judging from what we've seen in the new trailer, it should be worth the wait. Not only does the game boast a beautiful pixel art style reminiscent of 16-bit RPGs (Chrono Trigger is an obvious and acknowledged touchstone), but it also features music contributions from Yasunori Mitsuda, whose work you may well have heard in the aforementioned Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross and Nintendo's own Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

Sea of Stars Screen

Let us know below if you're already looking forward to next year's holiday treat.