This week’s issue of Kadokawa‘s Famitsu magazine is revealing on Thursday that the Shining Resonance game for PlayStation 3 is getting a remaster for PlayStation 4 titled Shining Resonance Refrain. The game will ship with regular and limited-edition Premium Fan Box releases on March 29.
The game will have enhanced graphics and other new elements. A Refrain Mode will also feature a “what if” story for Excela Noa Aura and Jenius Aeon, characters that could not become party members in the original game.
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 “Eien Iro no Aria.”
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 2016. 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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