Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is a unique new Action RPG that's currently slated to release in 2016, in which players will adventure through the colorful world of Mahera with their team of five original characters. With an art style that is reminiscent of Dark Cloud 2, and a combat system that utilizes traditional fighting mechanics, Shiness is promising players an experience filled with puzzles and a great adventure.
What's interesting about what was shown in this trailer, and what's been revealed about the gameplay, is the combat. When you're exploring the world of Mahera, entering combat is a seamless experience that pits you against your opponent, where you'll fight using fighting mechanics such as attacking, parrying, dodging, and combo chains - but with added RPG elements! Combine your fighting prowess with the skills you learn as you level up, as well as the parchments you'll find as you explore Mahera, and you'll be able to use the elements to defeat all manners of opponents!
Alongside their basic fighting skills, the playable characters also have their own unique skills and talents to be used in fighting and in puzzle solving - with classic RPG progression. As you'll see in the video below, each character has unique traits and abilities to draw from, such as Chado - who can summon a boulder on his back to be used as a counterweight for obstacles you may encounter. Other characters have abilities that are telekinetic or even elemental based, offering you a variety of abilities to choose from when you encounter an obstacle or a puzzle to be solved.
As you adventure through Mahera, defeating enemies and more, you'll be able to level up your characters and abilities to make them more powerful - as well as find parchments around the world to unlock new skills that can be almost anything - boons, curses, magical powers, and hyper moves to be used!
Check out the full gameplay trailer below!
Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom has current planned release date of sometime in 2016, and platforms are still also unconfirmed at this time. Stay tuned as more information gets released, and you can find even more information on the Shiness website!
I'm very excited for this game - with visuals and a style that reminds me of Dark Cloud 2, and a unique combat system that will merge traditional fighting with an Action RPG, I'm very intrigued to see how this game comes along! Looking forward to the news of release date and platforms!