Shining Force is a tactical role-playing game series created by Sega. The first entry in the series was released for the Sega Genesis in 1992, and has since spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs on multiple platforms.
The games generally follow the adventures of a group of heroic warriors known as the Shining Force, as they defend their land from evil forces. Although each game is set in a different time period and features different characters, many of the games share common elements, such as turn-based combat and exploration.
Here are 10 things you might not know about the Shining Force series:
1. The first Shining Force game was originally going to be an open-world RPG.
The original plan for Shining Force was for it to be an open-world RPG, similar to The Legend of Zelda. However, the development team ran into difficulties making this work on the Sega Genesis hardware, and so the game was changed to a more linear design.
2. The second Shining Force game was almost cancelled.
Due to the success of the first Shining Force game, Sega greenlit a sequel. However, development of the game was plagued by delays and budget problems, and it came close to being cancelled outright. Thankfully, the game was eventually released and went on to be a critical and commercial success.
3. One of the designers of Shining Force 3 worked on Panzer Dragoon.
Shining Force 3 was developed by Team Andromeda, a now-defunct Sega development studio. One of the team members was Yukio Futatsugi, who would go on to design the hit game Panzer Dragoon.
4. Shining Force 3 was never released outside of Japan.
Shining Force 3 was released in three parts in Japan, with each part telling a different story from the perspective of one of three main characters. However, due to the complex nature of the plot, and the fact that each part required the player to have a save file from the previous part, Sega decided not to release the game outside of Japan.
5. There is an official Shining Force novel series.
In addition to the games, there is also an official novel series based on the Shining Force franchise. The novels are written by Japanese author Sawako Hirasawa, and have been published in both Japan and English.
6. There is a Shining Force anime series.
The Shining Force games have also been adapted into an anime series, which was aired in Japan in 1994. The series was later released on DVD in North America by Funimation.
7. A live-action Shining Force TV show was planned, but never made.
In the early 2000s, a live-action TV show based on Shining Force was in development, but the project was ultimately cancelled. However, some test footage from the show was leaked online, giving fans a glimpse of what could have been.
8. There was a Shining Force game for the Game Gear.
In addition to the Sega Genesis games, there was also a spin-off game for the Game Gear platform. The game, titled Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict, was released in Japan in 1993.
9. There is a Shining Force trading card game.
Sega has also released a collectible card game based on the Shining Force franchise. The game, which is titled Shining Force TCG, was first released in Japan in 2011.
10. A new Shining Force game is currently in development.
A new entry in the Shining Force series is currently being developed by Sega Studios Australia. The game, which is currently untitled, is slated for release