What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sea of Stars is an upcoming role-playing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The game's a prequel to 2018's The Messenger, and is set hundreds of thousands of years before the action of that title. The various islands of this world are plagued by a creature known as the Fleshmancer, an alchemist that creates abominations and crazed beasts before setting them on the land to wreak havoc. The only people known to stop these monsters are wielders of Eclipse Magic, which can be performed by Children of the Solstice, or people that are born on the Summer and Winter Solstice. Players take on the role of either Valere, a moon girl trained to be a monk, or Zale, a sun boy trained to be a blade dancer. Aside from enhancing their strikes with the power of the moon or sun, both characters have control over day and night cycles, allowing them to change the light source in the sky to solve puzzles. These are things like runes that glow in the dark or hunting creatures only out in the daytime. Along the way, they'll sail between islands in a vessel that acts like a mobile base, and will gather four other party members, each with their own environmental abilities. Valere and Zale will also be able to travel to any part of the map they can see, swimming across bodies of water or scaling rock faces to accomplish their goals. Combat is a key part of the game, with turn-based fighting requiring players to time pressing buttons with on-screen animations to power up their strikes. Successful attacks will release Eclipse orbs, which can be absorbed to intensify spells or follow up attacks. Enemies will try to cast magic against you as well, showing their intentions with icons that are "locked" on the screen. Players can try to perform attacks based on those icons to "break" the lock and reduce the power of that spell, or interrupt it entirely. While fights take place often, no blood or gore is ever shown. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.