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Sega of America has announced that Shining Resonance Refrain, remaster of the original Shining Resonance, will arrive to the West. It is simply dated for Summer 2018 for the moment. For platforms, it is slated to arrive on PS4, Steam, all Xbox One devices, and the Nintendo Switch. The original Shining Resonance was Japan-exclusive for the PS3, marking the series return to the West after a decade. The game is to be priced at $49.99 US dollars or $64.99 Canadian dollars
The remaster will include the original’s DLC, as well as a “Refrain Mode”, unlocking characters Excella and Jinas as party members. The game itself will also have dual audio, featuring both English and Japanese voices. There will also be a launch edition, called the Draconic Launch Edition. It is a collectible slipcase, providing artwork of Excella, Sonia, and Kirika. This edition is available on PS4, Xbox ONe, and Nintendo Switch. No word on any equivalent for the Steam version of the game.
As for the game itself, it stars Yuma, who has the soul of the Shining Dragon inside him. This fact leads him to be hunted and thus captured by the Empire. Sonia, princess of Astoria, rescues him with the aid of the Dragoneers, where Yuma decides to aid their cause. Yuma must now muster the courage and strength in order to fulfill his goals.
Featuring real time combat, utilize each party member’s abilities to get an edge in better. In order to bring forth their full potential however, it’s important to deepen relationships with each character like through events and dates. Depending on their bonds, “Resonance” may occur that will provide even more support.
The game also brings forth the B.A.N.D. System, where Dragoneers perform what is called Rune Songs. These are done via Armonics, ancient weaponized instruments. By building enough Battle Performance Mana or BPM, the party can perform a session where depending on the song and center character, the party can be provided with different beneficial effects. Certain characters may have a special costume as well.
For more information, the press release is down below.
TITLE: Shining Resonance Refrain PLATFORM: PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™, PC for Steam® RELEASE DATE: Summer 2018 GENRE: JRPG
PLAYERS: 1 ESRB: T PRICE: Standard and Draconic Launch Edition: USD – $49.99 CAD – $64.99
Shining Resonance Refrain, Coming This Summer to the West on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC
Draconic Launch Edition Features Collectible Metal Slipcase
IRVINE, Calif. – Feb. 21, 2018 – Liberate the soul of the dragon within you this Summer in Shining Resonance Refrain! Coming to PlayStation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, the family of Xbox One Devices including Xbox One X, and PC for Steam®, Shining Resonance Refrain will tell the tale of sword-wielding Yuma and his friends as they fight the Empire. This marks the return of the Shining series to the West for the first time in a decade.
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!
Draconic Launch Edition
Those who purchase the launch edition of Shining Resonance Refrain on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, will receive the game in a collectible metal slipcase, featuring character artwork of Excella, Sonia, and Kirika.
For more information, please visit shiningresonance.com. Shining Resonance Refrain will be available for $49.99 USD / $64.99 CAD and will be released this Summer.
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?