Today Nihon Falcom announced that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki III) will be released in Japan in the fall of 2017. On top of that, it will be the first game of the series to be PS4 exclusive.
The announcement promises the introductions of many new elements never seen in the series, while preserving its tradition as a turn-based JRPG, rich in tactical depth and story. It will also bring improved graphics and controls.
Below you can read a brief hing on the story, but if you haven’t played Trails of Cold Steel and Trails of Cold Steel II, it could be consider a spoiler, so you might want to just skip to the gallery.
The game will be a sequel of the first two games, and will be set in the year 1206. After the end of the civil war, the Erebonian Empire has welcomed the beginning of a new era, and a new story of young heroes will start, focusing on the protagonist of the first two games Rean Schwarzer, who is now known as a hero in the country, nicknamed the “Grey Knight”
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel was first released on September 26th, 2013 in Japan, for PS3 and PS Vita, but western fans had to wait until the end of 2015 for an English version, courtesy of Xseed Games. The second game of the series was released on September 25th, 2014 for the same platforms, and was recently release in North America on September 6th, and in Europe on November 11th.
Hopefully the third game won’t take as long to launch in the west, but to be fair Trails games tend to have extremely beefy scripts, so localization is bound to take a while, expecially when done by smaller publishers with limited resources.
The first batch of screenshots, a piece of artwork featuring Rean, and the new Japanese logo were also released, and you can check them out below. Now, if you don’t mind, I have some champagne to uncork. Today looks like a promising day.