If you're old enough to remember the name, "Shining Force," you're a veteran gamer and probably a role-playing fan. You may also take a bit of smug solace in the fact that the young'uns have no idea that Sega's new game is part of a franchise that's very old.
Sega has launched a teaser site that's pretty simple and straightforward even if you don't read Japanese. A new Shining Force game is on the way and although we have no specifics just yet, we assume the unveiling will occur next week, on April 17 (see the date that pops up there?). The only question we have is: what are the targeted platforms? Is it another DS or PSP RPG? Or is Sega trying to produce a big-time next-gen RPG for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360? We were all impressed with Valkyria Chronicles so maybe we're seeing a resurrection of sorts; when Sega held a dominating role in this industry, we were used to such announcements. Now, after Sonic has taken his steep nosedive and other projects have tanked, some have questioned Sega's ability in this brave new world of video games. But with several key titles under their belt in the past few years, it seems clear that Sega has every desire to stick around. Furthermore, they're into reviving old franchises these days, too, so a new Shining Force would make perfect sense.
So we'll let you know what happens on the 17th; presumably, they'll update that teaser site with all the pertinent information. For now, we'll just be happy with the basics: intended platform(s), estimated release date, etc. Stay tuned.