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Shining Force Online: unofficial beta release launching this week

Monday, 25th November 2013 09:23 GMT By Dave Cook

Shining Force Online is entirely unofficial, but is launching this week as a free browser beta.

The RPG is currently hosted on game portal Arcade Country, and will go live Thursday, November 28.

In a statement, post lead developer at unFun Games, named simply ‘R. Mulvany’ said of the project, “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. I thought about doing a remake. I heard about the Sonic 2 fan remake being shut down and that was a shame – it looked fantastic. I was googling about and found a Shining Force fansite where – years ago, they tried to make a Shining Force MMO. This wasn’t the only attempt. Searching, I found 6 other tries that also never happened. Maybe it was cursed, I don’t know, but I wanted to take a crack at it.”

Shining Force Online will function like a single-player game, but in MMO fashion, you will see other players roaming around. You can interact with them if you so choose. The beta phase is said to contain over 100 maps and many quests.

Mulvany added, “This is a very story-driven game. You will play through a story complete with cutscenes, characters that die, and twists along the way. We won’t have the entire game ready at launch. We’ll be in beta for a few months. The way the engine works – we’ll open up new worlds and content literally on a daily basis. Even if you don’t patch, it doesn’t mean we didn’t add tons of content while you were away.”

Intrigued? Hit up the Shining Force Online homepage for more information and screens.

How long will it be before Sega gives them a call? Let us know what you think below.

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2 Comments

  1. whistle blower

    Hello this here made me reply. This should not be advertised as it ruins it for the rest of us fan sites who play by the rules.They are breaking the law and are being praised for it.Fan sites can make fiction and remakes but when they tries to make money off their work they are breaking the law.They are selling in their cash shop premium membership which now makes them IP thieves. This just makes it harder for rest who play by the rules. Since they give corps a reason to hunt down and close other fan sites.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Dr. Chode

    @whistle blower: I’m not seeing your argument here. It’s a reimagined version of the game. Same universe, different maps and story. That’s no different than a fan created game at all. It seems like you’re either just upset they got to it first, or want to cause them issues due to a personal disagreement or dislike with their creators or idea.

    In fact it even says so on the website, it’s one of the first things you read :
    “This re-imagining of a classic franchise takes characters you are familiar with and puts them in an alternate universe, separate from the one SEGA created with their original titles.”

    So what’s your real reasoning behind this (admittedly lame) attack on them?

    #2 10 months ago

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