Shining Resonance Refrain releasing worldwide this summer

Switch port whe- oh wait

Last month we reported that the Australian Classification Board had given Shining Resonance Refrain a rating, which would indicate that the game would be releasing internationally. Today Sega has confirmed that it will indeed be releasing worldwide this summer, and on more platforms than the PlayStation 4.

You can catch the announcement trailer below.

The game will be arriving on not just PlayStation 4, but also Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC at a reduced price of $49.99 USD/$64.99 CAD. Launch copies include a metal slip case. This reminds me of Yakuza Kiwami in a way, which also had a reduced price. The only difference is we got the game before it, unlike Shining Resonance Refrain.

Despite the reduced price, it will be coming with dual audio options, which is always a welcome inclusion, in addition to all of the DLC from the original and also a new “Refrain Mode.” This mode unlocks Imperial Princess Excella and Dragonslayer Jinas as party members, who I’m assuming are major characters, for what is described as a new experience. However, Sega is also advising to save that for a second playthrough to avoid spoilers, so it sounds like there’s additional replay value as a result.

Sega also provided a summary of Refrain.

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?

If you’d like to learn more, PlayStation Blog has an interview up with localization producer James Kuroki. If you’re looking for gameplay, Sega will be holding a livestream at noon PST on Friday.

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