WayForward brings back sci-fi shmup RPG Sigma Star Saga for modern consoles, PC, and Game Boy Advance in 2025

During WayForward's Anime Expo 2024 panel, the developers announced that they are bringing back their 2005 sci-fi shmup RPG Sigma Star Saga to modern consoles and PC. The title originally released exclusively for the Game Boy Advance and WayForward mentioned that they will also be releasing the game on a repro cart that is compatible with Game Boy Advance for those that want to experience the game on its native platform.

WayForward is working with Bandai Namco to release Sigma Star Saga and it will be utilizing the Carbon Engine from Limited Run Games.

Sigma Star Saga has players step into the shoes of Ian Recker, a pilot of the Allied Earth Federation. It features top-down on-foot gameplay segments, along with horizontal shoot 'em up action as players customize their ship with various RPG systems. Explore six planets as Ian works with both humans and the Krill Empire aliens, in order to find a way to save humanity.

The 2025 release of Sigma Star Saga will be receiving a physical edition, though WayForward will provide further details on that in the future.

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.

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