It was pretty much leaked a few weeks ago, but today it’s official. The remaster of the 2014 PS3 JRPG Shining Resonance is coming west.
Sega made the announcement today via press release, and there is an additional surprise. While the game is coming to Japan for PS4 only, in the west it’s getting three more platforms, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
The western release will happen in the summer and will cost $49.99 (or $64.99 Canadian). It’ll be the first time a game of the series gets an English localization in a decade. Those who will purchase it on consoles at launch will get the Draconic Launch Edition, which will include a collectible metal slipcase featuring character artwork of Excella, Sonia, and Kirika.
Below you can find quite a bit of information directly from the publisher, in case you’re not familiar with the game (but if you follow DualShockers regularly, you probably are).
Remastered with New Refrain Mode
Shining Resonance Refrain remasters the original Shining Resonance, previously released on PlayStation® 3 only in Japan, and features dual audio with English and Japanese voices. In addition to all of the original’s DLC, now included as part of the base “Original Mode,” Shining Resonance Refrain packs a new “Refrain Mode,” unlocking the Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members for a new experience – just be sure to save this for your second playthrough to avoid any spoilers!
With real-time action combat, it will be important to utilize each party member’s unique abilities and strengths while deepening relationships with each character. Through events and dates, get to know your party members to unlock their full potential on the battlefield! Depending on the bonds of the characters, “Resonance” may occur between them, providing a new level of support, leading to victory.
Master the B.A.N.D. System
Dragoneers wield Armonics, ancient weapon-instruments, in order to perform mystical and powerful Rune Songs. Once you build enough BPM (Battle Performance Mana), your party will be able to perform a session through the B.A.N.D. system. Depending on which song you play and which character you set at the center, your party will be able to indulge in various beneficial effects. Certain characters may even perform the song in a special costume!
Our Story So Far…
Yuma has the soul of the Shining Dragon within him, transforming into the ancient beast by unleashing the power conducted through his sword. Dragons, long thought to be extinct, make Yuma a target for the Empire. To use him against the kingdom of Astoria, The Empire captures Yuma. Sonia, princess of Astoria, launches a rescue mission with the help of the Dragoneers. Hearing about the plight of Astoria and their fight to save their land, Yuma decides to aid them. Typically timid, will he find the courage to realize the strength he has within him?
You can watch the announcement trailer and a few screenshots below. If you want to see more, you can enjoy a recent trailer for the Japanese release, another trailer from a few weeks before, a few screenshots, the first trailer, another recent gallery of screenshots, and an earlier batch of images. We also recently saw some charming illustrations by Tony Taka.