Lack of PS Vita Version Hurt The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III According to Media Create

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III launched only on PS4 after two chapters on PS Vita; That wasn't a good idea according to Media Create.

October 8, 2017

The Japanesee statistics firm Media Create released its weekly analysis of the state of the Japanese market for the seven days between September 25th and October 5th. This time around, they’re focusing on the performance of  The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, which was released exclulively for PS4, selling 87,261 units in its debut week.

In comparison, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II sold 152,000 units in its first week, split between PS Vita and PS3. This is a rather significant loss in sales.

The Legend of Heroes series has been mostly developed for portable PlayStation consoles through its semi-recent history, and the platform split for the second chapter was 86,000 copies on PS Vita and 65,000 on PS3.


According to Media Create, the new game failed to capture the demand for a PS Vita version, which appears to still be large. Since it’s a numbered sequel, releasing only for PS4 caused an opportunity loss for the series that the firm defines “painful.”

If you’re not familiar with the game, you can check out the latest trailer.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III released in Japan on September 28th, exclusively for PS4. No western release date has been announced for the moment, but in our latest interview with Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo, he seemed to hint quite strongly that it will come at some point.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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