The latest issue of the Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu has revealed Shining Resonance Refrain for the PlayStation 4, which is a remaster of the PlayStation 3 game simply titled Shining Resonance. Shining Force Refrain is set to launch in Japan on March 29, 2018 and come out with two different versions: Standard Edition for 5,990 Yen ($52 USD) and a Premium Fan Box limited edition for 9,490 Yen ($84 USD) which will come with a fan book, drama CD and theme son CD.
This PlayStation 4 ‘remaster’ of Shining Resonance will come with all 150 pieces of DLC already in the game and feature a new ‘Refrain Mode’ which will feature a lot of in-game ‘What if…’ scenarios including characters like Excela Noa Aura and Jenius Aeon becoming party members. Something that wasn’t possible in the previous version of the game.This remaster of the game will also have a lot of improvements, the following are some that Weekly Famitsu revealed:
- First chapter last boss easier to defeat
- When you lose a battle, you restart before event
- Rinna Mayfield’s AI is smarter and avoids plunging into enemies
- Fromage’s navigation can be turned off.
- Dialogue text added when moving in the field.
- Bigger resolution, runs at 60fps
- Main story is unchanged
- New voices recorded
- New theme song called ‘Eien Iro no Aria’ sung by Kirika Towa Alma.
- Development is 90% complete
Outside of this, Shining series producer Tsuyoshi Sawada said that the series has come to a pause but SEGA’s Makoto Suzuki said that this is a ‘new starting point’ for the series. On the other hand Shining series artist Tony Taka said he hopes this game spurs a Shining series revival. As for this game coming out in the West, its hard to say. SEGA is localizing a lot more Japanese only titles, but on the other hand it has been a decade since Shining Force EXA came to the West, which was the last localized entry. Makoto Suzuki did state that while Shining series in the recent past has been aimed at Asian territories, he hopes to ‘send it out’ to the entire world. If SEGA really wants a Shining series revival, maybe SEGA should take Camelot’s offer on wanting to make Shining Force IV?