Vespa looks to be suspending / cancelling development of the Shining Force mobile game, a title tentatively known as Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness. The game had shown off its first trailer in August 2021, supposedly meant for a launch in the first half of 2022 as well as a beta test before that.
Besides looking to have new characters, you’ll also find classic members Max, Bowie, Mae, and Sarah within the mobile game, as it was originally planned. Presumably, more will be joining in eventually, even if the story for the game is supposedly set 1000 years after the first games. The title was meant to bring some strategic fun unique to the SRPG genre, with added flavour from the original series’ setting.
As it’s understood, the company cites lack of funds to develop the title, with the sale of rights taking a lengthy process presumably due to negotiations with SEGA and / or Hive. Hive is Vespa’s Japanese subsidiary, noted to have acquired licensing rights to distribute the game in North America and Europe. The actual sale in question regarding the Shining Force IP does not appear to have been finalized yet.
Without the Shining Force mobile game, Vespa will be focusing resources on developing King’s Raid and Time Defenders – the latter having begun accepting pre-registrations for a global launch – while King’s Raid 2 also still under development.