Shining Resonance Refrain Confirmed for Western Release

The HD-remastered JRPG will release outside Japan this summer.

Sega has announced that the HD remaster of the formerly Japan-exclusive PlayStation 3 game Shining Resonance, known as Shining Resonance: Refrain, will launch in Summer 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. 

The remaster will include high-definition graphics, a new "Refrain Mode" that adds characters Excela and Jenius to the party, and over 150 pieces of DLC, including character events, additional dungeons, costumes, and more.

Shining Resonance follows Yuma, a boy who can switch between his human and dragon forms, with opposing forces seeking his power. Yuma is joined on his adventure by "dragoners," who use magical instruments called "harmonics" as weapons. These weapons can change the power of a dragon into songs which can enhance the strength of the party and weaken enemies.

Shining Resonance was originally released in Japan on December 11, 2014. Shining Resonance: Refrain will launch in Japan on March 29 for PlayStation 4.  The Western release will include both English and Japanese audio, and pre-orders for the "Draconic Launch Edition" of the game, which comes with a collectible metal slip case, will be available soon. Additionally, interested players can get a first look at localized gameplay on February 23 at 12 p.m. PST on Sega's Twitch channel. There is also an interview with the localization producer, James Kuroki, on the PlayStation Blog, which provides more details on the game.

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Published Feb. 21st 2018

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