If you frequent this website often enough, you might have noticed that we are pretty excited about the upcoming Sabotage game “Sea of Stars.” We have ranked the game in our list of “upcoming indie games you should be excited about,” for instance.
Right from the start, during the crowdfunding campaigns, the handling of the Xbox version was a little bit sketchy. It was initially a stretch goal, and although the threshold was met, the Xbox version suddenly disappeared completely. It wasn’t mentioned on the site or in the marketing campaign surrounding the reveal of the launch date.
Not too long after that reveal, the Xbox version of the game was announced individually, generating quite a lot of fanfare. Now, about a month and a half later, Sabotage and Xbox have announced the day and date release of Sea of Stars in Game Pass on August 28.
Xbox fans surely went through a rollercoaster of emotions in the past couple of months, from being left out to having the game thrown into their lap. Xbox identified one of Game Pass’ weak points and found a great solution in these fairly accessible Western-developed RPG games, bypassing the Japanese neglect of the Xbox platform and PlayStation’s tendency to lock out other platforms with their Japanese third-party deals. Chained Echoes was a success with an incredible critical reception, and based on the demo, Sea of Stars, could easily head there too. Let’s hope Xbox has found its niche, and we can welcome more games like these on Game Pass in the future.