The Shining Series Comes To PS3 With Shining Resonance

By Sato . May 13, 2014 . 5:30pm


Sega has two games from the Shining series in development. Blade Arcus from Shining, an upcoming 2D fighter with heroes and heroines from Sega’s long running Shining series is testing an arcades. Additionally, they just announced the latest of the main series, with Shining Resonance for PlayStation 3 in this week’s Famitsu magazine. (Thanks, Hokanko-Alt and Game-Jouhou).


According to the magazine report, the characters of will be drawn by Shining series artist Tony Taka, and will be developed by Wild ARMs makers Media.Vision. Shining Resonance will feature a dragon as the protagonist, and will have the theme of “dragons and musical instruments”.


As far as the battle system goes, the details are pretty light but it’s reported that the field and battle sequences will also be done in a seamless fashion, and will have parties of up to four players. It will also emphasize on the use of instruments for various effects. Depending on who you have as the “center character,” there will be different effects, too.


Additionally, the report mentions that the character models have a similar appearance to those seen in the Atelier series.


We also got some details on the characters, but the report seems to have partially blanked out some of the names and other details. Here’s what we got so far:


Shining Dragon Irvan: the protagonist of Shining Resonance. He/she isn’t a mix or a humanoid dragon, but an actual dragon. The human allies will be able to have him fight with a weapon called the Dragon *** Instrument, which uses some sort of melody.


Kilika Towa Alma (shown in the top image): a Songstress who uses a Dragon Wing Bow as a weapon of choice, to go with some holy magic. Kilika is an elf who inherited song magic that controls nature’s spiritual powers. She’s not that great when it comes to communicating with other people, but she has a kind heart.


*** Blanche: a black-haired princess who also happens to be a Magic Knight. She seems to come on strong and can be quite aggressive, even towards the protagonist.



**** Bretthart: a young red-haired man who is something like an older brother-figure to the protagonist.


*** Zalbard: a knight from the empire, who seems to be going after dragons (the protagonist).


Not much have been revealed as far as the story goes, but it is said to start out with the protagonist being captured, and then saved by two heroines. There will also be enemy dragons, and so far, they’ve shown three of them in the magazine.


Shining Resonance is currently in development for PlayStation 3.

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  • Callonia

    Sega? Ahh moving on, nothing to see here.

    • Anesia Hunter

      after seeing them finally localize the project diva series i’d wait and see before completely saying a localization can’t happen.

      • Duo Maxwell

        A Shining game with Tony Taka art? I won’t bet on it. When was the last time we got one in English?

        • SilvaStarRippa

          Shining Force EXA back in 2007 on the PS2. If you’re not counting re-releases of Shining Force I, II, or in the Darkness.

          • Landale

            Accurate as far as Shining games in general go. As for the full question of one with Tony Taka art, Shining Tears which would also be the only one we got in English.

        • WingsOfEternity

          So the guy has history with some lewd stuff, whats the big deal?

          • Shippoyasha

            None at all really. Much like Urushihara has game art with Growlanser

          • Duo Maxwell

            I don’t know what’s the big deal, since I didn’t imply it. I just said that a Shining game with Tony Taka art tend to not come over in English, that’s all.

      • SupaPhly

        Yeah, that’s because the game takes very little effort to localize, there’s not even much to translate

        This is a game with many things to translate, add that with the combination of SEGA being general douches recently which would equal to pretty much 0.05% chance of localization

        • Callonia

          Oh please. PSO2 has been completely translated very fast into english by fans for free. Sega is too busy herping derping around.

  • Lloyd Christmas

    Shining… shining… I faintly recall owning a game in this series on the PS2. It was a difficult game. I think it was called Shining Force?

    Edit: AH! Shining Force Neo.

    • Tiredman

      Yeah, not a real Shining game in my dictionary. The real games can be found on the Sega Genesis Ultimate Collection, Shining Force 1 and 2.

      • Landale

        While I’m sure we call all agree Shining Force Neo wasn’t a Shining game, as it absolutely never happened in anything more than nightmares, I’m afraid your definition of a real Shining game is severely lacking. Not even willing to mention Shining in the Darkness? That loses you all sorts of credibility.

        • Zero_Destiny

          The Camelot software Planning games were certainly really special and pretty much all hold up well for their respected (sub)genres. Though Darkness is probably gonna be the hardest for newer gamers to get behind (it’s still a stellar First Person RPG though).

          But really yeah, it gets to the heart of the matter, defining just what a “Shining” game is, can be a bit difficult seeing how many (sub)genres they have tackled. ^^;;

        • Tiredman

          Shining in the Darkness and Shining the Holy Ark are completely different games than Shining Force. They were also one shot games where as Shining Force ran for around 4 or 5 games, not sure which. I own the Sega collection with both Shining Forces, Shining in the Darkness, and all 4 Phantasy Stars, and I just love it to pieces. I also own the Saturn version of Shining the Holy Ark.

          I really enjoyed Shining darkness and ark, but the majority of my Shining love goes to Shining Force. I really wish they would release the entirety of Shining Force 3 here, but Sega. Shining Force 1 is an awesome game, especially with the Wolfman. Shining Force 2 did everything part 1 did, but upped the anty big time and pulled off being better in every way possible. I never got to play the one part of Shining Force 3 that was done in English.

  • Lutfi Ardiansyah

    at last a SHINING series !

  • AlphaSixNine

    Better chance this time around being on PS3 instead of handheld but SEGA… D:

    Maybe ATLUS USA will save us all.

    • DaiRaiOh

      Is Sega not allowed to produce games for their own franchises anymore?

      • AlphaSixNine

        Sad thing is they do but they haven’t done so in a while for Shining series and even their other franchises like Yakuza despite its demand.

        • DaiRaiOh

          Except this is the 4th Shining game in the last 4 years. Last one is barely a year old. Not exactly the definition of a while

          • AlphaSixNine

            And none of those ever got localized because SEGA. I think you’re missing the point of my comment.

          • DaiRaiOh

            Well when it comes to localization, you’re a bit off on it. Game has some demand. Key word is some. Pretty niche games, as far as anything is concerned. One can’t exactly blame Sega for not bringing it over. Localization at a high chance of loss is never a smart thing.

          • AlphaSixNine

            Not this excuse again. Other, even smaller companies can localize even more niche titles and yet SEGA can’t? Shining series has at least some recognition unlike… I dunno, Conception 2 which by the way got localized. Risk is part of every business. Yakuza has been demanded for some time now and yet SEGA hasn’t done anything. SEGA only needs to be willing to do it. I can actually excuse them for not bringing the PSP games over since by that time it’s already dying. But this is on PS3 and should have a better chance still.

            SEGA took the risk with Miku and saw success and now bringing the second game too on Vita. They should at least take the same risk with their other franchises and who knows, they may find the same success. Problem is they aren’t even trying.

          • DesmaX

            Bigger companies has more demandind inverstors and, of course, bigger development costs (Especially physical labor costs).

            And Miku had the advantage of not only being a ridiculously easy localization (I mean, they barely translated anything), but being a rather popular IP in the west.

  • DesmaX

    Looks Shiny.


  • ARMs7777

    Nice. Will be looking forward to more info.l

  • kroufonz

    with sega finally making console JRPG again can we hope for localization this time?

  • Ethan_Twain

    This could still turn out real bad in a lot of different ways, but at first glance this seems pretty okay! So many new announcements don’t even get past that first impression gut check. But a JRPG from SEGA with an emphasis on music seems real solid. I will, at the very least, look to learn more.

  • DaiRaiOh

    It seems pretty stupid that people are complaining about Sega for a Shining game. You know, for the franchise that they created and own and are mainly just producing for this one.

  • KazukiNanbu

    another “Shining” game that we will not have *sigh*

  • Jerry Hu
    • DyLaN

      The elf want the D.

      • MrTyrant

        A dragon D.

      • Ric Vazquez


    • Shippoyasha

      Tony Taka is a GOD.

    • Harvey Tejada Loto


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  • Takane Shijou

    It’d be nice, but going by the track record with things. This is another Shining game we’ll never see, which is pretty saddening overall.

    But it’s Sega, what are you going to do?

    • Slayven19

      But this isn’t on psp and ps3 is still very alive in the west.

      • DyLaN

        The biggest hurdle here is Sega.

  • NorthernPatches



    Excuse me while find my sides for they have left me.

  • Luis Camargo


    Giving you reasons to learn japanese >.>

  • MrTyrant

    For one I didn’t like the latest shining games even if they used Valkyria Chronicles gameplay they weren’t that good less in plot. Im not sure to trust this one but then again these devs, media vision, might do a better job.

    For localization I’m not really that sure. It’s sega after all. I guess I will consider to import it.

    • Slayven19

      None of the shining games were really that good plot wise, especially the first 2 games in the series and EXA.

  • Nitraion

    Hmm i hope atlus make sega to localize their game….

  • z_merquise

    It’s time to put Sega’s acquisition of Atlus in good use. I mean, Atlus is doing well localizing niche Japanese games right now. I think there’s a better chance they’ll do the same in Sega games.

  • Yamaneko22

    Kilika Towa Alma. Each part of her name sounds familiar lol

    Also she kinda looks liek Sena cosplaying as elf :D

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    Atlus pls.

  • Razvaille

    Miku came to the West. Why would not this game too?

    • Renaldi Saputra

      bcos sega only care of miku and sonic

    • Anime10121

      Because Miku doesnt have a book worth of text to translate… Same with Yakuza, Miku isnt nearly as much translating work….

  • *crosses fingers*

  • This wil probably be the first shining game I finish… same face syndrome or not to hype myself up for this release I might actually finish blade,heart and ark.

    • TheAnswerisback

      lmao I did the same thing haven’t finished any of the shining games on psp , its funny because their really good games I just end up getting new games every time I go back to them

  • Kornelious

    Shining Tears on PS3….Well maybe now that Atlus is part of Sega there might be a better chance of it getting localized…..Please? 0_0
    Although if it a case like The The Legend of Heroes games where each game is a direct sequel, in which we’re likely out of luck :(

    • Renaldi Saputra

      even though, they haven’t brought us recent phantasy star series, so I doubt

  • pokeroi

    PS3 won’t die, doesn’t it?

    • TheBlackRabbit

      nope, an i dont mind that…for like the next….2 years…cause i dont want it to die…

  • FFmax

    Oh my god can this please get localized?

    • Slayven19

      Based atlus is on the case!

  • Yan Zhao

    So when will we see a Shining game in the West Sega? How about this one to start?

  • Oversoul

    Okay real talk, does anybody even play these? Why don’t they just make fucking Shining Force games since Fire Emblem clones were the best things to ever come out of this “series”

    • MrTyrant

      I played them when I thought the “valkyria chronicles style” was something good for the series but the actual games didn’t fare well. They were too easy, too stupid and battles were very short not even tactical.

    • Zero_Destiny

      I imagine the series has remained somewhat popular over the years considering they release new Shining games pretty frequently.

      As for a return to the old play style (I really think Fire Emblem Clone is a bit of a stretch) of Shining Force, I suspect we’ll never really see a true return to that.

      After Camelot Software Programming (the major developer of the traditional old school TRPG Shining Force game) was acquired by Nintendo, SEGA has seemed to take the series in different directions. Some are great— the forever awesome Neverland made Shining Force EXA which is pretty fun. Neverland really was a great developer, but others aren’t as great though.

      The quality seems to be up to the developer, and honestly they have brought in some pretty good names from time to time. We have Meda.Vision (the creators of Wild Arms), Neverland (the creators of Rune Factory & Lufia), Flight-Plan (the creators of Summon Night), and so on. They really have put some quality developers behind the brand, and some of these games— while different— are still tons of fun.

      I suppose there is something to be said for missing the old Shining Force, but even then Shining wasn’t exclusively about Shining Force; In Darkness and the Holy Ark were quite different even for a time when Tactical Role Playing seemed to be the highlight of the series. The truth is Shining was always a pretty vague series, and after Camelot become a Nintendo developer the series has changed a lot.

      Though Shining Force EXA I’d still recommend, pretty fun action game and was localized here so no fear of needing Japanese comprehension to understand. Funny enough too, playing Golden Sun on my Wii U and damn, it really does feel a lot like the old Shining Force games. It’s more of a traditional turned based JRPG but it has a lot of the same game feel and atmosphere, you can really tell it’s the same company behind the old Shining Force.

      • DanielGearSolid

        The Shining series has action Rpgs?
        Cool, gotta go back and play em…

        Also, wat can you tell me about the Valkyria Chronicles style games? Are they good?

        • MrTyrant

          Yes and no. It was good on paper and execution, very similar to valkyria but with magic, archers and warriors, yet like I said there are no classes or much skill to learn. The objetives, most of them, are just kill all the enemies and you could use like 5 characters so characters were overpower to compensate, the result was something less tactical than it should (compared to Valkyria) the maps were as small or even smaller than those in VC2 and 3, the IA was stupid and you could hit an enemy with an arrow or magic and kill them in an instant. Some characters use song magic to increase the attack power, defense, regen, etc, to all the character or reduce on enemies so it was even worse in terms of power.

          “The Shining series has action Rpgs?”

          Force Exa for ps2 and it’s english. I also recommend it.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    as long as they don’t bring the recent phantasy star series to the west, I doubt ATLUS USA will localize it

  • Aci

    Its about time make a ps3 game

  • TerrenceEncore Jones

    My PS2 still wants Shining Wind! I love the Shining Series!

  • Ecchitori-san

    We need more Tony Taka!

  • Prithivi

    From the creators from Wild Arms and Valkyria Chronicles III, that’s a good start. Haven’t played a Shining Force since the Mega Drive times… I wonder if we’ll see a western release.

    P.S: This reminds me that I have to play Shining Force III!

    • Morricane

      Yes, you have to! *nods*

  • pekikuubik

    The Shining franchise’s descent into irrelevance continues. First step towards aiming higher than one particular niche is to fire sameface guy.

    • DyLaN

      Its only irrelevant in the west and its due to Sega not localizing most of their JRPG. I imagine its popular in Japan and I’m pretty sure the reason they stuck to the artist is that the target base likes it.

  • Dragon protagonist… colors me interested… Now I guess for the begging part… Please…. Atlus?

  • Aristides

    Well let’s hope Atlus USA picks this up, if not it’s up to NISA.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      unless they bring recent phantasy star series, I doubt ATLUS USA will do it

      • Aristides

        Well let’s hope the bring Phantasy Star Nova too lol.

  • TheHolypopeofgaming

    Can’t wait for it to not come to the states

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Looks a bit like Nereis, which is pretty cool in my book. Very pretty, but then again most of Tony’s models are. I’m intrigued in how the protagonist in human form will look like. If he has one that is lol

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    About bloody time for it to come to PS3. Srsly SEGA Localize this, i’d pick up Day 1.

  • KyoyaHibari

    Was always curious about the Shining series, anyone have some recommendations of good entries?

  • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

    I’m not too big on the Shining series, but I always am a sucker for dragons of the heroic/playable variety.

  • rurifan

    I want to be excited about this, but every previous Shining game managed to suck against all odds. I really wanted to like the last two SRPGs, but they were so unbalanced and easy it wasn’t fun at all…

  • smyth

    Well hopefully this won’t be as bad as the PSP ones. (I know they look pretty and Tony Taka is great and all but gameplay-wise they’re just… ehh)

  • Mimi

    Having just got a ps3 last year, I am very glad that in japan the seem to want to continue developing for it rather than moving on to the next gen. Cant wait to see more on this

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