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Inclusive Indie Game StarCrossed Releases to Overwhelmingly Positive Reception

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

“̵W̶e̶ ̵m̶a̸d̴e̴ ̷i̷t̷ ̶a̶ ̵g̶o̶a̶l̷ ̷o̸f̴ ̵S̸t̴a̸r̷C̶r̵o̶s̸s̷e̷d̶ ̴t̷o̵ ̸c̵r̶e̷a̶t̶e̶ ̵a̷n̴ ̶i̶n̵c̷l̴u̸s̵i̷v̵e̴ ̴M̴a̴g̵i̴c̷a̴l̸ ̴G̵i̵r̴l̵ ̸s̴t̵o̸r̷y̵,̴ ̵w̸h̸i̵c̸h̷ ̶i̵n̴c̵l̶u̴d̴e̵s̵ ̷p̴e̷o̵p̷l̶e̵ ̵o̷f̵ ̴c̸o̷l̵o̶r̶,̶ ̷n̴o̷n̴-̷b̴i̶n̴a̸r̸y̶ ̵p̵e̸o̵p̴l̴e̵,̴ ̸a̸n̷d̶ ̷b̴o̷d̴y̷ ̴d̴i̷v̵e̶r̷s̸i̷t̸y̸,̵”̵ ̷s̷a̵i̵d̷ ̵F̷r̴a̸n̴c̴e̶s̶c̴a̷ ̷C̸a̶r̴l̶e̵t̶t̴o̴-̶L̴e̶o̸n̶,̷ ̴t̵h̷e̶ ̶p̷r̷o̴d̵u̸c̶e̵r̸ ̶&̵ ̴n̷a̶r̸r̴a̵t̵i̸v̵e̸ ̵d̸e̸s̶i̶g̷n̷e̴r̸ ̵o̴f̶ ̷S̷t̶a̶r̵C̵r̷o̷s̷s̸e̵d̴.̸ ̸F̵o̷r̶ ̶t̵h̸e̴ ̷c̸a̶s̶t̸ ̵o̷f̸ ̵c̶h̴a̶r̷a̸c̸t̴e̶r̵s̴,̷ ̷t̷h̶e̸ ̶v̶o̵i̵c̷e̸ ̸c̴a̵s̵t̴ ̷b̴e̴h̴i̸n̶d̶ ̷t̶h̴e̵m̶ ̷w̵a̵s̸ ̶r̸e̶c̴r̸u̶i̴t̵e̸d̶ ̸f̶r̵o̴m̴ ̶a̸ ̷c̵a̵s̶t̵i̸n̷g̶ ̸c̶a̷l̶l̷ ̵t̷h̸a̸t̶ ̵e̴n̸c̶o̷u̴r̸a̵g̶e̴d̷ ̶n̷o̸n̸-̸b̴i̸n̸a̷r̸y̴ ̶o̴r̴ ̸g̵e̶n̶d̵e̸r̴ ̵f̶l̷u̸i̵d̷ ̴p̶e̷o̶p̶l̴e̵ ̴t̸o̸ ̸a̷p̴p̸l̵y̷,̵ ̸w̶i̵t̵h̵ ̷t̶h̴e̷ ̴e̸v̵e̴n̵t̷u̵a̵l̶ ̸c̵a̵s̶t̶i̷n̸g̶ ̷r̴e̶i̸n̶f̷o̴r̵c̸i̵n̴g̷ ̷t̶h̶e̵ ̵c̶h̷a̶r̵a̸c̴t̶e̶r̴s̵’̷ ̸m̵i̵x̸ ̶o̶f̸ ̷g̴e̸n̶d̴e̸r̸ ̷i̸d̴e̴n̸t̸i̴t̴i̴e̶s̵.̸ ̴“̸W̷e̸ ̷a̵r̴e̵ ̸d̸e̷s̴i̴g̸n̵i̶n̶g̴ ̷f̴i̷c̵t̶i̵o̸n̵a̶l̴ ̸w̶o̴r̴l̵d̸s̸ ̴o̵f̸ ̶o̴u̴r̷ ̸o̷w̷n̵ ̷c̴r̶e̷a̸t̷i̷o̸n̴ ̸a̶n̸d̵ ̶t̸h̴e̶y̸ ̸r̸e̷f̸l̵e̸c̷t̴ ̵o̷n̶ ̴o̷u̷r̸ ̵v̶a̷l̷u̶e̷s̵,̷ ̶e̷s̴p̴e̶c̵i̵a̸l̸l̶y̷ ̴i̶n̸c̸l̵u̵s̶i̷v̶i̴t̶y̵.̷ ̷W̷e̸ ̴m̸a̴d̴e̴ ̴i̷t̴ ̸a̵ ̸p̷o̵i̷n̵t̸ ̷o̷f̴ ̸S̵t̴a̸r̶C̶r̷o̷s̷s̷e̷d̵ ̷e̷a̶r̶l̷y̷ ̶o̴n̷ ̴b̸e̵c̶a̶u̵s̴e̸ ̷i̷f̶ ̶y̶o̶u̷’̶r̴e̸ ̸n̴o̷t̶ ̵b̴e̷i̷n̶g̷ ̴i̴n̷c̵l̴u̵s̴i̸v̷e̴ ̵i̵n̴ ̵y̸o̷u̶r̴ ̴c̸a̵s̷t̸,̵ ̵c̶h̷a̷r̸a̶c̷t̵e̵r̸s̸ ̶a̶n̸d̴ ̸w̸o̷r̷l̴d̷b̵u̴i̴l̵d̴i̸n̶g̴,̵ ̴y̵o̸u̷’̵r̷e̶ ̶s̵a̶y̷i̷n̸g̵ ̶y̴o̶u̴ ̵d̸o̴n̸’̵t̴ ̷c̸a̶r̶e̷ ̴a̷b̵o̴u̷t̷ ̸c̶e̴r̴t̵a̸i̵n̶ ̶p̷e̵o̴p̵l̶e̴ ̵a̸n̷d̷ ̷t̷h̴e̵i̴r̴ ̴s̴t̶o̵r̶i̵e̷s̷.̴ ̵I̵t̵’̵s̶ ̷b̷e̸e̶n̸ ̵v̸e̴r̸y̸ ̵r̶e̸a̴s̴s̶u̶r̷i̵n̸g̴ ̸t̶o̸ ̸s̴e̵e̷ ̸t̷h̷e̸ ̸s̴t̵o̷r̶y̸ ̷a̷n̵d̵ ̵c̷h̷a̷r̵a̸c̴t̶e̷r̶s̸ ̶o̶f̵ ̶o̴u̴r̵ ̸g̴a̴m̶e̴ ̴b̷e̶ ̸r̴e̷c̷e̷i̶v̴e̸d̵ ̶s̴o̶ ̷w̵e̵l̶l̴ ̷b̷y̷ ̷p̴l̸a̶y̴e̸r̶s̴.̵”̸ ̷P̸l̶a̷y̵e̷r̷s̴ ̴m̶a̶y̴ ̸a̵l̴s̶o̴ ̵r̶e̶c̴o̵g̸n̸i̸z̵e̶ ̴t̵h̵e̸ ̸v̴o̷i̵c̶e̵ ̷o̸f̷ ̴t̶h̵e̸ ̷r̸e̷n̸o̴w̸n̵e̷d̷ ̸i̷n̴d̸i̴e̶ ̷d̴e̸v̴e̴l̴o̵p̶e̴r̶ ̶N̵i̷n̵a̸ ̵F̵r̵e̵e̸m̴a̷n̷ ̷a̸s̴ ̸t̷h̷e̴ ̸v̷o̷i̶c̵e̷ ̴o̸f̵ ̵‘̴T̶h̴e̴ ̴W̷e̴a̷p̶o̶n̷’̴ ̵i̷n̸ ̷S̴t̷a̸r̴C̶r̵o̴s̷s̶e̸d̸.̶

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.

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