Jeremy Doolin got in touch with me about his new project, “Ballad of Thuriana”. It’s a Shining-style project that has been under development for about a year now, and if all goes to plan it will be released either fall 2020 or fall 2021 (depending on content creation times).
The game features all new graphics from the artist behind the Time Fantasy collection, and an original soundtrack composed by Ferret Entertainment.
Even more exciting, it is planned for release on Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux and possibly Nintendo Switch.
More info about the project:
The graphics will be very different (see screenshots). Menus will not be the four-way style, but more traditional. There will be some gameplay changes, but nothing drastic. For example, I use the same stats, 100 XP per level system, same turn-based battles. But I have more damage types, a secondary weapon/equipment, a slot just for a ring and one for an accessory, more item slots and other differences
The game will also feature Shining Force 2 style exploration:
And I will have Exploration! In fact, that’s all I’ve been working on for months. It will be much more like Shining Force 2, with a world map, some random encounter battles, exploration, secrets, some side quests and more. I’ve nearing completion of the Exploration mode and will build the Battle system over Summer.
As you can see it’s an ambitious and exciting project!
Shining Force Unity is a new project built using Unity. From the topic on Reddit:
Hi everyone, I’m currently working on a project called Shining Force Unity, a remake of shining force (1 and 2) in the unity engine. The project is still in the early stages of development but the goal is to create a full game editor for people to create their own levels, dialog and sprites, all of which can be saved outside of the game and shared with friends. I’m also adding a few quality of life fixes but all changes can be turned off if you want the classic experience./u/Shining_Force_Unity
It’s still in the early stages, but the map maker looks promising.
The Legacies of Veridocia team have released a new demo of their stellar Shining-style RPG.
Below is a list of changes from the official release notes:
- Adjusted Battle 2
- Changed the UI to make magic selection clearer
- Changed the Move area to be nicer to look at
- New scene and location after Battle 2
- Access to the World Map
- New location and Battle 3
The demo contains towns to explore and battles to fight, all tied together with some very Shining-style cutscenes.
I highly recommend giving it a go if you haven’t had already. There’s an incredible amount polish, especially for a demo, and everything has a nice feel to it. The music and artwork are fantastic, and the battle animations in particular are really well done.
Go try it out!
Source: Demo 2.5 Release
The Legacies of Veridocia team have released a video of demo #2 in action. It’s well worth watching if you haven’t played the demo, and it shows off a lot of gameplay and the excellent graphics and animation.
Be sure to download the demo from the Legacies of Veridocia homepage (available for Windows, Mac and Linux). It’s extremely polished and is a lot of fun play.
Demo #3 is under active development, although there’s currently no scheduled release date.