Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness, RPG for cell phones that would be a sequel to the long-lost Mega Drive franchise is no longer in development.
The game was scheduled to be released in 2022 and would be released first in South Korea and Japan, and then in the rest of the world.
You can imagine that the reason is the saturation of the free to play RPG genre on mobile, but it's not quite like that.
First announced in August 2021, Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness even received a trailer showing off its gameplay.
According to GameMeca, Vespa has suspended development of the game due to high production costs.
The announcement was made at the general meeting of shareholders of Vespa held on the 25th. “It is a situation that requires cost reduction in terms of performance. In a situation where many projects are being carried out in-house, Shining Force decided to stop development because it takes a long period of development and the related costs are huge.”
Also according to the website, Vespa is going through several financial problems. The company is about to be delisted from the stock exchange. The announcement of the suspension of development on Shining Force: Heroes of Light and Darkness comes at a delicate time, and just before the game's first beta test was held.