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WayForward was on-hand at Anime Expo 2024 and they put together a panel to discuss various projects. Turns out the developer had a secret in the works as well, and it’s one their longtime fans will really appreciate.

During their Anime Expo 2024 panel, WayForward announced that they’re teaming with Limited Run Games for a Carbon Engine port of the GBA game Sigma Star Saga. You can see the announcement in the video below.

WayForward didn’t announce specific platforms for the game’s release, but they did say it was planned for “modern consoles.” Considering WayForward’s support of Nintendo thus far, we’d venture to say that this modern-day revamp is a lock for Switch or Switch’s successor. Hopefully we get confirmation on that soon.

Sigma Star Saga was originally released for the GBA in 2005 and was a unique mash-up of genres, including RPG and shmups. The story focused on a space pilot named Ian Recker who goes undercover against Earth’s enemies, the Krill, in a battle to save the planet.


UPDATE: WayForward has now officially confirmed the news of Sigma Star Saga getting a Carbon Engine update, and they’ve also revealed that the title will once again see release on the Game BOY Advance. You can get the complete details from their press release below.

In the year 2005, WayForward took gamers across the galaxy to discover new worlds and alien species. Twenty years later, it’s time to go back! As revealed at Anime Expo, we are proud to announce that Sigma Star Saga — the Game Boy Advance sci-fi adventure that combines elements of 2D space shooters and RPGs — is scheduled to return in 2025. Licensed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and powered by Limited Run Games’ Carbon Engine, this highly requested cult classic will be released on modern consoles and PC, as well as on a Game Boy Advance-compatible repro cart.

Featuring a unique mix of top-down planetary exploration and side-scrolling shoot-‘em-up space battles, Sigma Star Saga lets you suit up as Allied Earth Federation pilot Ian Recker, who infiltrates the alien Krill Empire as a double agent in a last-ditch effort to save mankind from their onslaught. To do so, you must work with both humans and the Krill, exploring six planets utilizing an ever-expanding set of tools and abilities, and jumping into the cockpit to engage enemy forces in intense shmup-style combat using more than 70 different Gun Data items. Gorgeous pixel-art graphics, epic boss battles, and a twist-filled story with multiple endings await.

Additional details about Sigma Star Saga, including information on platform availability and news about physical editions, will be shared in the months leading up to the game’s launch. For more info about Sigma Star Saga and other WayForward titles, please check out the rest of wayforward.com and follow @wayforward on social media.

Key Features:

  • The GBA classic returns after 20 years!
  • Top-down RPG-style exploration mixed with action-packed space-shooter battles!
  • Survive as a double agent for the humans and the Krill, and discover the secret of the six planets
  • Stunning pixel-art graphics and fantastic soundtrack
  • Explore using tools like the Scanner, Krill Boots, Wings, and more
  • Customize your ship with more than 70 different Gun Data items
  • Branching story with multiple endings

Summary:

  • Name: Sigma Star Saga
  • Publisher: WayForward
  • Developer: WayForward
  • Release Date: 2025
  • Platforms: TBA Consoles, PC, Game Boy Advance
  • Players: 1
  • Price: TBA

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