Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness trailer Vespa Sega Hive faithful max mae bowie sarah

Last week, Sega, Hive, and Vespa announced mobile game Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness for a worldwide release in 2022, reviving the classic strategy RPG gameplay the series is known for. The goal is to create a fun and modern tactical experience on mobile phones rooted in the world and charming characters of Shining Force, and the first Heroes of Light and Darkness trailer completely sells that feeling. The trailer is available in both Japanese and Korean, but the Korean Shining Force trailer specifically has some English subtitles, (Thank you, second home.) so that’s what we’ve embedded below for you.

One thousand years have passed since the events of previous games, yet characters from those games have been transported across time and space to be a part of this game anyway, including Bowie, Sarah, Mae, Max. That’s kind of par for the course with mobile games, but what’s striking about the Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness trailer is that all the original characters have been faithfully drawn to match their original designs. There are no hideous redesigns intended to make anyone look “cooler.” This is just a straight update with some surprisingly beautiful animation. So far, this is everything we could possibly ask for in a mobile Shining Force.

Based on the trailer, are you as pleased with the mobile stylings of Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness as I am? Let us know.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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