Back in April, we learned that developer SoMoGa was hard at work on an iOS port of classic RPG Lunar: Silver Star Story, and today we finally have the first screenshots from the game. SoMoGa was responsible for porting the Sega Saturn RPG Vay [$4.99] to the App Store in 2008, and did a pretty fantastic job doing so. While Vay was a somewhat obscure title, the Lunar series has a pretty dedicated following worldwide, and has seen several different releases and remakes over the years.

Originally, Lunar: The Silver Star was released for the Sega CD back in 1993. A remake of the game, called Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete and featuring enhanced audio and visuals, came to the more powerful Sega Saturn console in 1997, but only in Japan.  This remake eventually did make its way to North America by way of the PlayStation console in 1999.

This leads me to one thing a lot of people have been wondering since the announcement of Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch, which is exactly what version of the game the iOS port would be based on. SoMoGa played it a bit coy in an email to us, explaining that the version these screenshots are taken from is based on the Saturn remake, but that the Sega CD version is getting ported as well.

I don’t know if that means there will be a completely separate release of the original or if there will be some sort of mode inside of the game that lets you play with the original graphics and sound. SoMoGa promises to clarify this further soon, but if you’re a purist looking for the original game experience it looks like you’ll be in luck one way or another.

Expect more news on Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch soon, and you can look for the game to hit the App Store sometime before the end of the current quarter, which basically means sometime before the end of September.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    Bit of a shame it's not based on the much prettier PSP re-make.  Still an excellent RPG though and assuming it's ported well (60fps please) it should be an easy buy.

  • Dib

    Another device--another Lunar port.  It's basically an inevitability.

    In one hundred years humans will have their game systems implanted behind their eyes, and will be living in domes because the unfettered sun baked everything else, and the thing that will really piss them off the most is wondering why the hell anybody cared about this mediocre jRPG every time it still gets ported to the new generation.

    • Stevenmilligan

      Cool story, bro

      • http://www.poloralphlaurencanada.ca/ ralph lauren polo

        Yes, this is a wonderful article

    • SwollenTestes

      And they'll be still buying this crappy port in the future whilst the Earth is smouldering from the nuclear/zombie apocalypse. Lunar is the game that never dies. People apparently continue purchasing it. 

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      Calling Lunar 'mediocre' is a pretty niche opinion to say the least, and as for Lunar being ported a lot, compared to Square's Final Fantasy stuff Lunar is pretty damn rare...

  • Sirkreuab

    Dude maybe it's cause I grew up with these games but it seems unfair when people judge older games so harshly. At the time these games were phenomenal and for people with any kind of ties to old school RPGs Like this or chrono trigger this is a no brainer. Haters gonna hate I guess but I thought lunar was awesome and I'll definitely pick this up. I love modern games but I will always have a soft spot for 2d RPGs imagine how complex they could make a game like this with today's technology but still 2d that would be epic. The closest I've got to the feeling I got with these kinda games with a newer rpg was tales of vesperia

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      "Like this or chrono trigger this"...

      ? You don't put this in the same category as CT.

  • Anonymous

    The in game scenes look like the Sega CD version with that Nash closeup looking like the Saturn version.  Anyhow, I liked the music and cut scenes from the Sega CD over any of the ports.  Vay was nicely done.  I hope we get some new stuff for this port.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I REALLY hope that this is going to be based off of the Sega CD version because the music alone is worth playing through it again! :-)

  • The Truth

    why are they still using the crappy default iOS font for the HUD? I hope they don't use the default menus as well. Vay gets a free pass for being a fairly "early" iOS title, but at this point custom UIs and HUDs should be a standard feature imo.

    • Lunar team member

      Hey there, I hope you'll be happy to know that, while text is rendered using iOS's built-in renderers, Lunar for iOS preserves the look of the game's original menus and other such UI elements.

  • Drucifer

    I almost forgot about this release. I love the Lunar series and will be happy to buy Lunar Silver Star Story for probably the 5th time. ;)

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/ady.pie adi_pie

    While I'm a bit disappointed that this isn't based on the PSP release, that was more or less just a graphic upgrade so it's not that big a deal, the game is still great.

    • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

      Yeah, but the PSP is like 5 year old tech. I'm not playing a 15 year old game on amy iPod touch 4g with nasty ass graphics that couldn't even be upped to PSP levels....

  • Omegaferrari

    Lunar the silver star is simply the best rpg that the sega cd or Saturn had, the music was amazing and haunting, the story was really good , and the fmvs were great, gameplay was phenomenal for a jrpg, and I had tons of fun with it, the dialogue was much more funny and mature than any other game on that time. So yeah! All jrpgs lovers should get this game, I support this port and will get it for iPhone and iPad!

  • http://bassoonhero.deviantart.com/ Michael Wootton

    Any news on an iPad/Universal version?

    • Lunar team member

      Actually he game's UI is universal from get-go!

      • http://bassoonhero.deviantart.com/ Michael Wootton

        Extremely excited to hear that, thanks so much for the response.  Can't wait to see what you guys have done with the game, and hopefully if it's successful enough we'll eventually see Eternal Blue as well.  Really anticipating the release, hoping to see it on the App Store soon.

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    Dear Japan, 

    Retina Display

    Thanks,
    World

  • Omegaferrari

    yes please make it look cool , but the music please keep the original music, its awesome! release date please! i want to play it already , will buy it 10 times! 

  • GhaleonEME

    I would love to know when this is going to be released!

  • skeptical

    Is this really coming out?

  • Wgriffiths2000

    I don't know its almost the end of September so hopefully we will see some information soon

  • http://twitter.com/bambabo 김재남

    Is this really coming out???

  • Douglas Scheinberg

    Vay was a Sega CD game, not a Saturn game.

  • Russell Barnett

    Heard from the dev that this will be out this week; stay tuned!

  • Trev1

    Nice! A fine add to my new iphone5 (whenever the hell it comes) either way 5 or not we are blessed to have this port on our mobile devices...any price thoughts?