During a recent shareholders meeting, Vespa CEO Jin-Soo Kim confirmed that development of mobile RPG Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness has been suspended. Development of the SEGA licensed RPG halts due to a lack of funds and an incomplete sale of rights process for the Shining Force IP. As a result, the project could not continue in the current state. According to Jin-Soo Kim, Vespa will focus resources into developing their King’s Raid and Time Defenders games.
Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness was planned to release in the first half of 2022 for iOS and Android. In addition, a beta was planned to allow players to test out the new RPG before launch. Vespa’s Japanese subsidiary, Hive, had acquired licensing rights to distribute the game in the west. Hopefully, Shining Force returns someday with a new game to excite fans once more.
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