XSEED has a double announcement for its popular The Legend of Heroes series in regards to the long requested PC ports. Both The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II are officially bound for the PC this coming summer.
Currently in North America, only the PS Vita and PlayStation 3 versions of the niche franchise are available in English. This PC version brings the latest and most up-to-date Japanese build to English speakers for the very first time, and it does so with over 50 percent more voice acting that the PlayStation versions.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel will be available this summer, but The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II does not yet have a release date.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel builds on Nihon Falcom's beloved Trails franchise, improving on the series' formula while delivering an expertly told, standalone narrative that both series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel further explores Erebonia and gives players a chance to delve deep into the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned and powerful empire. Players take on the role of elite military students at a time of great turmoil, who enjoy school life as they bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, and then utilize those abilities via tactical turn-based combat. In between skirmishes, players can upgrade their party members with the "ARCUS" system – a streamlined version of the classic "Orbment" magic system from previous titles – allowing for greater access to abilities and quicker customization.
XSEED also published a video comparing the PC version to the aged PlayStation 3 version.
Trails in the Sky also concludes this coming summer
The other sub-series tucked away under The Legend of Heroes umbrella, Trails in the Sky, will also be coming to a close in the English-speaking world this summer. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd concludes the trilogy in the Western world on May 3.
Trails in the Sky is often credited for making the overall series more well-known throughout the Western world, and while this third chapter is more of a side-story to the first two games' overarching plot, fans have been wanting to play it for a very long time.
Half a year after the events of Trails in the Sky Second Chapter, Liberl has settled into peace once again—but even during peaceful times, there are many among the distinguished and fortunate burning with greed thanks to the influence of ancient artifacts. Most of the population remains unaware of their abuses of power, but to the most enigmatic order of the beloved Septian Church, the Gralsritter, snuffing out these would-be villains and claiming artifacts in their name is as everyday as professing one's faith in the Goddess.
On the eve of another successfully completed mission, high-ranking member Father Kevin Graham is immediately assigned to retrieve one more artifact that rests beneath Grancel Cathedral. What's more, even though this is a task he could easily complete on his own, he must reluctantly do so in partnership with his newest recruit, rookie Gralsritter and childhood friend Sister Ries Argent.
Thus begins the start of a routine mission that becomes anything but, delving into a new and mysterious realm that follows an unnaturally strict set of rules: Phantasma. Therein, the history of the Septian Church and the pasts of the many familiar faces who took up arms for the sake of Liberl's future will be laid bare…and some may have been better off staying forever sealed behind closed doors.
- A More Personal Adventure – Trails in the Sky has become a fan favorite for thoughtfully written characters down to its NPCs, and for its final installment further focuses on fleshing out its playable cast via Moon and Star doors found as the story progresses.
- Familiar Tactics, Brutal Combat – Widely considered the most challenging title in the series, players are encouraged to iterate upon the combat style they've come to know in the 3rd's predecessors by either enjoying its in-depth story on Easy or crying with frustration on its unforgiving Nightmare difficulty.
- One More from Falcom Sound Team jdk – Nihon Falcom is known for its brilliant music, and the Trails series has never been an exception, with the 3rd adding dozens of new tracks to keep players engaged as they journey through Phantasma.
- Even More Olivier – As if two Sky games was enough Olivier.
I can't say I'm a huge fan of Trails in the Sky, though. I struggled through the first game on the PSP and outside of its soundtrack, which is legendary in its status among JRPGs, I didn't find it very engaging. The story was good, but it feels bogged down by excessive dialogue, and the suggested romance between the female lead and her adoptive brother, as well as everyone complicity pushing them to totally get it on, yeah… it's not very settling.
I would like to play the second game some day, but I don't consider it high on my priority list since I was only so-so on the first one. I'm thrilled for fans who finally get to wrap up the series in proper fashion, though. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky will be released for the PC on May 3.
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