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  Inclusive Indie Game ‘StarCrossed’ releases to overwhelmingly positive reception
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02/17/2020
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

MADISON, Wisconsin – February 15, 2020. Featuring a magical-girl aesthetic, ‘StarCrossed’ from indie developer Contigo Games has launched on PC & Mac to an overwhelmingly positive public reception for its one-of-a-kind arcade co-op gameplay, inclusive cast of characters and their story of working together to strengthen their bonds and defeat a looming evil that threatens the galaxy.

With as-of-date 100% positive reviews on the StarCrossed Steam store page, and numerous streamers on Twitch.tv and Microsoft’s Mixer streaming service playing the story mode to completion, the development team is overjoyed to see their focus on inclusivity and a new co-op style of play be so warmly received by players. StarCrossed will also be coming to consoles this March.

StarCrossed Launch Trailer: Available Here

“We made it a goal of StarCrossed to create an inclusive Magical Girl story, which includes people of color, non-binary people, and body diversity,” said Francesca Carletto-Leon, the producer & narrative designer of StarCrossed. For the cast of characters, the voice cast behind them was recruited from a casting call that encouraged non-binary or gender fluid people to apply, with the eventual casting reinforcing the characters’ mix of gender identities. “We are designing fictional worlds of our own creation and they reflect on our values, especially inclusivity. We made it a point of StarCrossed early on because if you’re not being inclusive in your cast, characters and worldbuilding, you’re saying you don’t care about certain people and their stories. It's been very reassuring to see the story and characters of our game be received so well by players.” Players may also recognize the voice of the renowned indie developer Nina Freeman as the voice of ‘The Weapon’ in StarCrossed.

Everything in StarCrossed, from the mechanics to the aesthetic, was designed around the themes of cooperation and togetherness. Unique to the game, players work together to guide and boost a special star which bounces between their chosen heroes as their means of damaging their foes as they traverse the Nova Galaxy. Cooperation is a must to succeed, and positive reception to this unique core gameplay mechanic has been exciting for the team. Gameplay designer & programmer Michael Flewd has worked extensively perfecting the mechanic, saying “As the person with the gameplay focus, watching people grasp the concept of the game, and improve while they play through the story mode has been validating. As has watching players lose at a challenge, but stay motivated and overcome it.”

StarCrossed was released for PC & Mac February 11th on both the Steam and Itch.io marketplaces, published by Whitethorn Digital, and will be releasing on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One in March, with a release day to be announced soon. Contigo Games will also be demoing StarCrossed at PAX East at booth 24038 within the Indie Megabooth from February 27th through March 1st in Boston, Massachusetts.

Thank you for reading!

For all interview or review copy inquiries, or PAX East demo booking, please contact:

Producer & Narrative Designer, Francesca Carletto-Leon 

[email protected] / Madison, WI

PAX East demo bookings: Available here

If interested, please book a demo time soon as slots are filling up.

 

StarCrossed on: Steam - Itch.io - Twitter - IMDB - Kickstarter (2019)

 

More about the game:

StarCrossed is an action arcade game with a magical girl aesthetic and a cooperative twist! Join our cast of 5 space-faring heroes as they travel across the stars, working together to strengthen their bond and defeat a looming evil that threatens the Nova galaxy! It’s time to team up, get sparkly, and take out the bad guys!

Cast of 5 playable characters to choose from

StarCrossed features a group of magical heroes who have been chosen to defend the galaxy during a time of crisis. Each hero has their own unique ultimate ability which can be used during gameplay. Every pair of characters has unique dialogues which explore their relationship to each other and to the universe. Mix and match to explore each character's personality!

Designed from the ground up for 2 player local co-op!

Everything in StarCrossed, from the mechanics to the aesthetic, was designed around the themes of cooperation and togetherness. Play on keyboard or grab some controllers! Split controller mode offers the option for solo play or an even cozier two player experience.

Get competitive with Arcade Mode!

Endless procedurally generated waves of enemies make Arcade Mode perfect for high score chasers! Show your Steam friends who the real heroes are by topping the Friends Leaderboard, or go for galactic domination by climbing the Global Leaderboard!

Explore the galaxy in Story Mode!

Visit new places and meet our quirky supporting cast in Story Mode! With visual novel style dialogue scenes and an epic quest, this mode is for the players who want to learn more about the Nova Galaxy and become true Guardians!

About the team:

Contigo Games is a small studio dedicated to creating multiplayer games and playful experiences to bring players together in meaningful ways.

Contigo Games was founded in 2016 in Massachusetts, USA to work on StarCrossed. As personal obligations forced us to move apart, Contigo continued existing as a remote team. We've been working on StarCrossed for a little over 4 years now, but our goal remains the same as it was on day 1: to create a game about cooperation and friendship which brings players together the same way that creating it has kept us together.

In 2019, we launched a Kickstarter to help fund the development of the game and we've been working hard this past year to finally finish our game and send it out into the world.