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SEGA bringing Shining Resonance Refrain to North America this Summer


Jason Clement

The Shining series is one we haven't seen in the West for nearly 11 years now (with the last game being Shining Force EXA on PS2 in 2007), but that will all change soon as SEGA announced today that it will be bringing Shining Resonance Refrain to North America this summer.

 

Originally called Shining Resonance -- previously a Japanese-only release on PS3 in 2014 -- this remaster collects the original game, all of its DLC, features dual audio with Japanese and English tracks, and includes a new "Refrain Mode," which unlocks two characters (Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas) for use in your party.

 

Shining Resonance Refrain's story centers on a young man named Yuma whom has the soul of a Shining Dragon in him and can transform into one through use of his sword. However, this makes him the target of the Empire, who want to use his power against the Kingdom of Astoria. After a rescue effort by the latter and its princess, Sonia, Yuma is moved by the plight of their nation and joins the fight to save their land.

 

The game's battle system features two interesting aspects -- one is the Resonance system (hence the game's title), in which characters can deepen their relationship and form a "Resonance" with each other through events and dates, thus providing a new level of support in battle. Another is the B.A.N.D. system, which your party will be able to play rune songs that can provide beneficial effects throughout the battle; certain characters might even perform the song in a different costume as well.

 

Shining Resonance Refrain Launch Edition.jpg

 

Shining Resonance Refrain's launch edition will feature a collectible metal slipcase featuring artwork of Excella, Sonia, and Kirika, and will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch for $49.99 USD/$64.99 CAD this Summer. No specific date has been announced yet, but we'll let you know as soon as they announce it.

 

Check out the game's official announcement trailer below, which shows off a segment with characters jamming to the B.A.N.D. system.

 

 

Source: Press Release

 

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Part of me wants to be like "meh another non-SRPG Shining game" but another part of me realizes there are an abundance of other SRPGs, most of which are better than the Shining Force games. :P I dunno much about this one so I'll read up on it and decide on grabbing it.

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