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Shining Resonance Refrain

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Strategy
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Media Vision
Release Date: July 10, 2018

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'Shining Resonance Refrain' (ALL) Introduces Heroes, Gets Release Date - Trailer

by Rainier on April 24, 2018 @ 3:39 p.m. PDT

Marking the return of the series to the West for the first time in a decade, Shining Resonance Refrain is a JPRG that tells the tale of sword-wielding Yuma and his friends as they fight the Empire.

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?

Shining Resonance Refrain remasters the original Shining Resonance, previously released on PS3 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!

Get ready to jump into battle when Shining Resonance Refrain launches on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC (Steam) on July 10!

For a quick introduction to each of the playable heroes in Shining Resonance Refrain, be sure to watch our new Heroes Trailer.

The B.A.N.D. system (Battle Anthem of the Noble Dragoneers) gives characters the chance to take center-stage and perform a musical performance in the middle of battle. These performances grant powerful buffs for the party or inflict devastating debuffs on enemies through the power of their Armonics, or ancient weapon-instruments created by the Shining Dragon.

These effects change depending on which song you choose to play, and which party member takes the center role. A band’s music is only as good as its members, so let’s get to know each of the playable characters you’ll encounter in your travels through Alfheim!

Yuma Ilvern – The Boy with the Dragon’s Soul

Yuma is an unassuming, somewhat timid young man who possesses the soul of the legendary Shining Dragon. Despite his incredible strength, he tries his best to suppress his abilities and avoid trouble whenever possible. In an attempt to secure the power of the Shining Dragon for themselves, the Lombardian Empire kidnaps Yuma. This is where his story truly begins. In battle, Yuma fights with the Dragon Resonator Vandelhorn, dealing high damage and quickly maneuvering around the battlefield. He also has the ability to transform into the Shining Dragon for a limited period of time to deal massive damage to more dangerous opponents.

Sonia Blanche – The Lightning Princess

Sonia is the daughter of Albert, King of Astoria. She has a fierce tenacity that defies her gentle appearance, and she insists on fighting on the front lines for the sake of Astoria. On the battlefield Sonia shows the enemy why she’s earned the nickname of “Astoria’s Lightning Princess,” darting across the field and dispatching enemies with precise, lightning-quick strikes.

Kirika Towa Alma – The Diva of Nature

An elf raised from birth to take on the role of “Diva Magica,” Kirika is a priestess with the power to commune with dragons and control the forces of nature. Although she seems calm and composed on the outside, she has a few interesting quirks that often takes her companions by surprise. Kirika is a member of the Dragoneers, warriors who wield the legendary Armonics. While her damage-dealing abilities are nothing to sneeze at, she prefers to take on a more supportive role as a healer for the party.

Rinna Mayfield – The Whirlwind Sylph

An elven mage and Kirika’s most trusted attendant, Rinna boosts the spirits of everyone around her with her cheerful personality. Rinna is rarely without her fairy companion, Fromage, who helps guide the party throughout their journey. Rinna prefers to stay on the back lines in battle. She uses her trusty Armonic to provide support to party members and blow enemies away with wind magic.

Agnum Bulletheart – The Pyromaestro

A musical mage with a burning heart, Agnum does everything in his power to make sure that he’s always the center of attention. He never backs down from a challenge, and his fiery personality is perfectly accented by his magical ability to control fire. Like Kirika and Rinna, he holds the title of Dragoneer and wields a massive, axe-like Armonic. He’s comfortable in both close-range and long-range combat, as long as he has the opportunity to show off his skills.

Lestin Sera Alma – The Glacier Sentinel

Lestin is Kirika’s older brother, a Dragoneer, and Captain of the knights of the elven kingdom of Wellant. His position as Kirika’s older brother takes precedence over everything else, however, and he’ll often switch personalities entirely when it comes to protecting her. Much like Agnum’s fire, Lestin’s control over ice complements his personality well. In battle, Lestin restricts enemies’ movement with powerful ice magic, then shatters them with his halberd-like Armonic.

Excella Noa Aura – The Dragon Princess of the Holy Dirge

The Imperial Princess of the Lombardian Empire, Excella has the abilities of both Diva Magica and Dragoneer. Logical, loyal, and holding all the qualities of a natural leader, Excella lives by putting the needs of her country above all else, leading her to command a campaign to secure the power of the Shining Dragon for the Empire. However, this encounter doesn’t go exactly as planned, and the resulting battle ends up changing her life forever. As both a Diva Magica and Dragoneer, Excella has the unique ability to control ancient weapons known as the Dracomachina, living weapons in the form of dragons. She can also control gravity magic to keep enemies pinned down while launching an assault.

Jinas Aion – The Lone Dragonslayer

A wanderer with no known affiliation to any faction or government, Jinas Aion is the personification of mystery. He’s known across the Empire for his astounding ability to annihilate dragons in a single strike from his powerful katana. In battle, Jinas overwhelms his opponents with lightning-speed strikes from his divine katana, Susano-o.

Character relationships make up a major part of Shining Resonance Refrain’s gameplay and story, so look forward to learning more about your favorite character(s) when the game launches

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.

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!

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.

Shining Resonance Refrain is coming to Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) on July 10, 2018 for $49.99 USD / $64.99 CAD.

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