Stella Glow

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Stella Glow
Director(s)Dai Oba
Producer(s)Hideyuki Mizutani
Masato Shakado
Writer(s)Sou Yoda
Composer(s)Yasunori Mitsuda
Shunsuke Tsuchiya
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Genre(s)Tactical role-playing game

Stella Glow (ステラグロウ) is a tactical role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the last game Imageepoch finished development on. It was published in Japan by Sega, in North America by Atlus, and it will be released in Europe by Nippon Ichi Software.

The game features character designs by Ideolo and Masato Shako, music created by Yasunori Mitsuda and Shunsuke Tsuchiya, and the voices and singing talents of Konomi Suzuki, Yukari Tamura, among others.

Gameplay[change | change source]

Like Imageepoch's earlier game series Luminous Arc, Stella Gow is tactical role-playing game where the player moves characters under his or her control on a grid and fight against an opposing team of characters or creatures. The battle grid possesses varied elevations and is presented from a top-down isometric perspective.

Witch characters possess "song magic", which they use in combat. Before a witch's song magic can be used, it must first be unlocked by the player. The player must enter a witch and defeat a boss creature inside.[1]

Players also have access to "Free Time", which they have use to speak to characters, partake in jobs in order to earn money, enhance the skills of witches via "tuning", or search the city for items. Partaking in these activities costs "action points", and players only have access to three action points to spend during each "Free Time" session. other activities, such as buying equipment and "orbs" for characters, do not cost action points.[2][3]

Scenario and story[change | change source]

Stella Glow takes place in a world with song-driven magic. This song magic brought prosperity to the world, but in turn, this prosperity also brought problems and war to the world. God then took song magic away from the people. Thousands of years later, song magic reappeared in the hands of five witches. One of these witches is Hilda, who wishes to crystallize the world and leads the Harbingers. Opposing her are the Regnant Knights and the four other witches.[4]

Alto is the main protagonist and a resident of Mithra, along with Lisette. When Mithra is crystallized, Alto joined Regnant Knights in order to undo the damage done to his home.[5]

Cast and characters[change | change source]

Development[change | change source]

Imageepoch announced the development of Stella Glow in October 2014 and its release was meant to coincide with Imageepoch's 10th anniversary.[6][7]

Hideyuki Mizutani produced the game, and Dai Oba directed it. Ideolo and Masato Shakado created the artwork.[8] Several voice actors contributed to over twenty different Song Magic tracks.[9]

In November 2014, Imageepoch completed development on Stella Glow.[10]

When Imageepoch encountered problems with sells and marketing, Imageepoch approached Sega,[10] and in March 2015, Sega announced that it would publish the game.[11]

In May 2015, Imageepoch filed for bankruptcy.[12]

On May 20, Sega released a demo for Stella Glow on Japan's Nintendo eShop.[13]

On June 5, 2015, Sega released Stella Glow in Japan.

On June 15th, Atlus announced that it would be releasing an English version to a North American audience by the holiday season.[14] Atlus had Konomi Suzuki record an English version of Stella Glow's opening theme "Hikari no Metamorphopsis" for the North American release.[15]

On October 27th, Atlus released a demo for the English language version to the North American Nintendo eShop.[16]

Promotions[change | change source]

For the North American release, Atlus created a special launch edition of the game. Include in this package is a collectible outer box, a soundtrack, a cloth poster, and charm depicting Bubu, a pig-like mascot character.[17][18]

Atlus also created an exclusive theme for those who purchased a digital copy of the game through the Nintendo eShop. This special theme features the witches Hilda, Lisette, Popo, Sakuya, Mordimort on the upper screen and Bubu on the lower screen.[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sato (2015-05-25). "Stella Glow Demonstrates A Couple Powerful Song Magic Abilities". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  2. "System". Stella Glow Official Website. Atlus. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  3. Spencer (2015-04-16). "Stella Glow Gives Players Free Time To Explore The World Or Hang Out At A Tavern". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  4. "Story". Stella Glow Official Website. Atlus. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  5. "Characters | Main Character: Alto". Stella Glow Official Website. Atlus. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  6. Sato (2014-10-21). "Imageepoch’s Stella Glow Is About Knights, Magic, And Songstress Witches". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  7. Sato (2014-10-21). "More Details On Stella Glow’s Musical Witches And Protagonist". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  8. Sato (2015-03-10). "Here's A First Look At Luminous Arc Maker's New Strategy RPG, Stella Glow". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  9. Sato (2015-04-25). "Stella Glow’s Battle System Was Made To Have A Quick And Smooth Pace". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Romano, Sal (2015-03-10). "Imageepoch clarifies Stella Glow delay". Gematsu. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  11. "Imageepoch, Sega to Release Stella Glow 3DS Game in Japan on June 4". Anime News Network. 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  12. Sato (2015-05-12). "Imageepoch Have Begun Bankruptcy Procedures". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  13. Ishaan (2015-05-18). "Stella Glow Gets A 3DS Demo This Week In Japan". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  14. Ishaan (2015-06-15). "Stella Glow Coming To North America This Holiday". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  15. Jenni (2015-08-10). "Stella Glow English Opening Includes English Version Of Its Theme Song". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  16. Casey (2015-10-29). "Stella Glow Gets A Lengthy Gameplay Video For Its Demo". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-11-02.
  17. Jenni (2015-09-16). "Stella Glow Launch Edition Comes With Song Magic And Bubu". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  18. Casey (2015-10-10). "Unboxing Stella Glow’s Launch Edition". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  19. Jenni (2015-11-04). "Atlus Shows Off Stella Glow’s Hilda And Nintendo 3DS Home Theme - Siliconera". Siliconera. Curse, Inc. Retrieved 2015-11-07.

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