XSEED is finally publishing the HD version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky on Steam next week. Free from the confines of the PSP and PS Vita, you will now be able to enjoy Nihon Falcom’s fan-favorite cult hit with a sofa, a bag of Redenbacher, and a greasy controller, just like if you were playing on the Super Nintendo.
The PC crowd and JRPG audiences have never exactly seen eye to eye on just about any topic. Game design theory, graphical style, and obviously platform of choice, seeing as though JRPGs often find themselves on home consoles rather than tucked away on a desktop hard drive. The two are like oil and water, and even shaking them senseless won’t allow them to get along.
Of all the classic JRPG companies out there, of the ones who are still around at least, none have embraced the PC though like Nihon Falcom has. In fact, many point towards the company’s lifelong PC focus as the main reason it still exists after so many peers have vanished over the years. Digital distribution has buried most classic companies who distributed on discs, but Nihon Falcom’s entire digital library had no problem jumping onto the likes of Steam GOG, and PlayStation Network.
While it’s most famous for the Ys series in America, those weird Japanese games starring the guy with the red hair you see pop up in Steam sales every now and again, it is also highly regarded in Japan for it’s blazing hot series, Legend of Heroes, ridiculous title and all. Between Ys and Legend of Heroes, I think nomenclature issues are an easy culprit as to why Nihon Falcom has never taken off in the west.
If you are dying to play this game and can’t wait any longer, then you can pick it up on July 29 for $19.99 when it goes live on GOG and Steam. Of course, being on Steam, you’ll most likely find it on sale in the coming months anyway, so why not hold off and crank out a few games from your backlog instead, like the Ys games for example.
Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is also the first part of a trilogy, and XSEED is also supposedly working on translating the second game as well. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for that one.