It’s hard to believe it, but this week Game Arts’ classic Lunar: The Silver Star has been shining bright in the hearts of RPG fans for 20 years. On June 26th, 1992 Lunar was released in Japan. What made Lunar special was the developer’s vision of releasing an RPG that excelled in its storytelling by taking full advantage of the CD format of the Mega CD. The game featured impressive (at the time) anime cutscenes, voiced dialog, and a fantastic redbook audio soundtrack to create a role playing experience unrivaled in production values. Selling through it’s entire production run in Japan in it’s first year after release, Lunar: The Silver star went on to become Japan’s best selling Mega CD title.
In the 20 years since the young wannabe Dragonmaster Alex’s exploits through the world of Lunar have been so fondly remembered that they have been re-imagined no less than 3 times since it’s original release across multiple platforms. The game also spawned a very well received sequel, Lunar: Eternal Blue, which took essentially everything that made the original so successful andturned the dial to 11 to deliver arguably the finest role playing game on the Sega CD.
The success of Lunar transformed Victor Ireland’s Working Designs into a brand that role playing fans in the US could not ignore. From that point on Working Design’s releases become synonymous with quality. Their flashy packaging with embossed covers and fleshed out manuals, snarky brand of pop savvy humor, and dedication to pleasing their supporters made the company a cult favorite with a die hard fanbase.
While a third numbered entry in the series was planned for release on the Playstation 2 it unfortunately never saw the light of day. This is likely due no small part to the disbanding of Working Designs in 2005. Any fans clamoring for the release of Lunar 3 should contact Gaijinworks, Vic Ireland’s new company and spiritual successor to Working Designs begging for a direct sequel to Eternal Blue. While the chances of this ever seeing the light of day seem unlikely, it’s the best chance a Lunar fan has at experiencing another Dragonmaster’s adventures through the world of Lunar.
Lunar fans should also take the time to stop by and visit our friends at Press Pause Radio soon to hear our podcast dedicated to the game’s 20th anniversary.