Sega announced today that Shining Resonance Refrain, the remaster of a PS3 JRPG that was only published in Japan, will be releasing in the West for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC sometime this summer.

Check out the announcement trailer below:

Originally released in Japan back in 2014 for the PlayStation 3, the game is a traditional RPG with a real-time based combat system and a focus on music with its instrument-styled weapons and melodic attacks.

The remaster will come with over 150 items of DLC content from the original game along with brand new song and costumes. There’s also a new “Refrain Mode” that gives players a chance to experience a “what if” story about Excela Noa Aura and Jenius Aeon who would normally not join your party.

Screenshot from Shining Resonance RefrainBelow is an overview of the game, via Sega:

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?

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.

Shining Resonance Refrain will be available for $49.99 USD / $64.99 CAD and will be released this summer.

Screenshot from Shining Resonance RefrainThe game is set to release in Japan for the PlayStation 4 on the 29 of March, 2018.

You can check out more information at its official website.

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