Posted October 18, 2019 by David Latham in Feature

SkyBox Labs’ Stela Launches Today on Xbox One

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because SkyBox Labs is a co-developer for Halo Infinite, but today they have released something totally different for Xbox One with the official Stela launch.

Stela is a ‘Metroidvania’ side-scrolling 2D platformer that looks like it’s been taken directly out of a picture book. SkyBox Labs are known for dipping their clever hands into many different genres, having worked on games such as Age of Empires II, Project Spark, EA Sports UFC, and even Minecraft.

The game focuses on a single character, and is a story told without any dialogue. Instead, the world itself will tell the story as you’re guided through various environments. If the art of Stela isn’t enough to get you interested, the music is composed by Vancouver based studio A Shell in the Pit whom are most well known for producing the soundtracks for Rogue Legacy and Wandersong.

For Stela, we really wanted to blend together a touching story with outstanding music and beautiful landscapes to make an experience that is grand in scale yet still personally intimate,” said Shyang Kong, Co-Founder, SkyBox Labs.

Watch the official Xbox One Stela launch trailer below:


Stela is a cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a mysterious ancient world.

Overcome daunting challenges, treacherous terrain, and gargantuan beasts while traversing a decaying land. Manipulate the environment to solve elaborate puzzles and creep past dangerous creatures under cover of muted landscapes, all set to an original soundtrack. Survive sweeping environments including mysterious towns, haunting forests, and massive subterranean ruins brought to life in an atmospheric experience.

Stela launched last week on Apple Arcade, and is now available for Xbox One for AU$29.95. Stela will also launch on Windows PC in Q1 2020. For more information, head to the official SkyBox Labs website.

David Latham

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