Mike Salbato
Shining Resonance Refrain Headed West [UPDATED]
With newly-placed punctuation, it would seem.
02.21.18 - 10:42 AM

Why, it feels like just last month we were hoping that SEGA's PS4 remaster of Shining Resonance would come to our shores, and here we are: SEGA has announced that Shining Resonance Refrain is coming west. It's welcome news for a series that is very often overlooked for localization.

Shining Resonance Refrain Screenshot

It may not have been announced simultaneously for worldwide release like Valkyria Chronicles 4, but since Refrain doesn't release in Japan (where its title is styled as "Re: frain") until late March, it's still surprising and welcome timing for an announcement. As we stated in our Most Anticipated feature, this remastered version of the 2014 PS3 original features improved graphics and playability, as well as alternative playable characters and differing perspectives on the main plot.

No release date was given at this time, but GameInformer's sources state that when Shining Resonance Refrain releases in English, it will be available on PS4 (as it is in Japan), but also on Nintendo Switch. Given the massive popularity of Nintendo's console, it should do well. While we await more news from SEGA, be sure to check out our Shining Resonance Refrain gallery.

Update @ 5:30pm:

SEGA has confirmed a release window and even more platforms: Shining Resonance Refrain is coming west this summer, and will hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Furthermore, the console editions will be available in a special "Draconic Launch Edition," which contains the game in a metal slipcase featuring character art for Excella, Sonia, and Kirika, seen here:

Shining Resonance Refrain Draconic Launch Edition

Shining Resonance Refrain will retail for $49.99 USD / $64.99 CAD on all platforms. Finally, along with the launch of the game's official teaser website, comes this brand-new trailer: