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Shining Resonance Refrain Game Heads West This Summer

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
PS4/Switch/Xbox One/PC remaster of Shining Resonance previewed in video

Sega of America announced on Wednesday that Shining Resonance Refrain, the PlayStation 4 remaster of Sega's Shining Resonance game, will launch for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the West this summer. The company also began streaming a promotional video for the announcement.

The Western release will have dual English and Japanese audio. The Western launch edition for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One will come in a special metal slipcase. The release will cost US$49.99.

The game will have enhanced graphics and other new elements. The Original Mode will include all of the original game's DLC, and the new Refrain Mode will unlock Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members. If the party members' bonds are strong, "Resonance" may occur to provide a new level of support. The B.A.N.D. system will let characters play music together for beneficial effects.

Tony Taka designed new "Black Lotus Swimsuit" and "Red Lotus Swimsuit" costumes for the game. Saori Hayami (voice of Kirika Towa Alma) and Asami Seto (voice of Sonia Blanche) will perform the new theme song "Towa Iro no Aria" (Eternity-Tinged Aria).

The game will ship in regular and limited-edition Premium Fan Box versions in Japan on March 29. The regular edition of the game will cost 5,990 yen (about US$53). The limited-edition Premium Fan Box will cost 9,490 yen (US$84) and bundle a fan book, drama CD, and theme song CD.

The original Shining Resonance game shipped for PS3 in Japan in December 2014. Taka returned to the Shining series as character designer with Tsuyoshi Sawada as the game's producer.

The player commands a party of four to battle various enemies, including rival artificial dragons created by the empire. The "dragon and musical instrument-playing role-playing game" features seamless transitions from field to battle sequences.

The story is set in a land of the gods known as Alfheim. The once proud race of dragons are ruined, and their souls are crystallized and scattered across the world. One day, a dragon named Yūma Irvan is discovered, and dragon slayers from the imperial army and church set out to find him. A girl saves the dragon from the dragon slayers, and they gather the Dragonars. The Dragonar warriors play musical instruments called Armonics that resonate with the dragon's soul.

Sega launched its Shining game franchise with Shining in the Darkness in 1991, and the previous most release in the main series, Shining Ark, shipped for the PlayStation Portable in 2013. The 2010 Shining Hearts role-playing game inspired the Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan- television anime.

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