The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki PlayStation VR DLC, New Characters Details, Cast Comments Revealed
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki Traditional Chinese and Hangul versions will launch on August 27 on PS4, simultaneously with Japan.
Falcom and Clouded Leopard Entertainment held a live stream on May 27, revealing new information on the Traditional Chinese and Hangul releases of The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki Kai, The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki Kai, and The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki on PS4. The stream most notably reveaed Hajimari no Kiseki will add PlayStation VR support as DLC. Toshihiro Kondo also reiterated that he wishes to bring Zero no Kiseki Kai and Ao no Kiseki Kai on PS4 to the west.
The stream featured Yui (結) as the MC, Towa Herschel’s seiyuu Ai Nonaka, Clouded Leopard Entertainment President Chen Yun Yun, and Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo,
I’ve included the Periscope version of the stream below, as it was the Japanese version. The YouTube version was slightly harder to watch, unless you understand Chinese, as it had a Chinese translator talking over the Japanese. The Twitch version of the stream was the Hangul version (not archived).
— Clouded Leopard Entertainment Official (@CloudedLeopardE) May 27, 2020
The first part of the stream focused on Zero no Kiseki Kai and Ao no Kiseki Kai, and included a lot of Towa fangirling, so you should watch it if you like Ai Nonaka. Later on in the stream, Kondo also mentioned Towa appears a lot in all three protagonists’ story in Hajimari, commenting the screenshots above. Ai Nonaka mentioned Hajimari has a lot of scenes with Towa which feel like continuations of dialogues or scenes from the past games, and how there are a lot of “exciting developments showing a new side of Towa”. Kondo also hinted that if you have a save data from Trails of Cold Steel IV and you shipped Rean with Towa, you’ll unlock bonus scenes or dialogues with her.
The Traditional Chinese and Hangul versions of Zero no Kiseki Kai on PS4 launches on May 28. Following that, the Traditional Chinese and Hangul versions of Ao no Kiseki Kai will launch on June 25 on PS4. Clouded Leopard Entertainment doesn’t do English versions for their Asian Kiseki / Trails releases. Zero no Kiseki Kai and Ao no Kiseki Kai on PS4 weren’t announced in English yet but were teased for the second time now. Zero no Kiseki got a new fan translation recently.
Clouded Leopard Entertainment also announced the Hangul and Traditional Chinese version of Hajimari no Kiseki will launch on PS4 on August 27, simultaneously with the Japanese version. The Japanese Limited Edition will be available in Asia too with the same content. No English company announced Hajimari no Kiseki‘s localization yet.
More characters returning in The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki were also revealed: Cao Lee (voiced by Daisuke Hirakawa), Erika Russell (Satsuki Yukino), Second Lieutenant Mireille (Mai Nakahara) and Alex Dudley (Kazuya Nakai).
Next, we got to see a video message from Nao Toyama, the seiyuu of Juna Crawford in Trails of Cold Steel III, IV, and Hajimari no Kiseki. The message starts at 45:28 on the YouTube version:
Nao Toyama said she recorded this video after finishing recording her lines for Juna in Hajimari no Kiseki. She mentioned Juna’s love for Crossbell and how she’d do anything for her home is reflected nicely in Hajimari, along with her distant yet close relationship with her dear instructor Rean, so you should look forward to it. At the end of her message, Nao Toyama revealed Hajimari no Kiseki supports PlayStation VR.
Toshihiro Kondo explained PlayStation VR support in The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki will be added via DLC after the game’s release. He doesn’t know when yet, but they’re working on it. He also didn’t say yet how much it’ll cost, but this definitely won’t be free or else he would have specifically said “Free DLC”. This PlayStation VR DLC will unlock certain scenes in The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki where you’ll get to pick your favorite female character and chat with them. Kondo said the Towa swimsuit scene shown in the screenshot above has a a lot of voiced lines, and that each VR scene has a lot of voiced lines specifically recorded for it.
Ai Nonaka chatted about the VR scenes she recorded, mentioning it’s similar to the bonding events in Trails of Cold Steel games but you feel even closer to the characters. Physically closer too as the characters get closer to you in VR at times.
The final part of the stream had everyone answering questions. Ai Nonaka was asked about her favorite Kiseki / Trails series characters besides Towa. She answered it’s Rean, who feels like a little brother to her.
Next, Kondo was asked why Falcom decided to remaster Zero and Ao / the Crossbell arc on PS4, instead of the Trails in the Sky games / Liberl arc, which is the beginning of the series. He mentioned there are multiple reasons, but the biggest reason is how a lot of overseas fans want to play Zero and Ao, and PS4 versions means they can bring the games over more easily. There’s also how the Crossbell arc is very important in the games that follow it, including the upcoming Hajimari no Kiseki.
Coming up next, Kondo was asked if The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki will reenact the ending of Ao no Kiseki, since it depicts Crossbell’s re-independence. He answered “Crossbell’s independence will be depicted in an unexpected way. Rather than reenacting Ao no Kiseki‘s ending, it’ll broaden your vision of it and show you much more”.
The last question was for Clouded Leopard Entertainment President Chen Yun Yun, who was asked if Asian fans can expect more simultaneous releases for future Falcom games. Chen Yun Yun can’t promise anything, but Clouded Leopard Entertainment will try their utmost to release Asian versions swiftly. Basically it also depends on how early Falcom send them data on the games. Kondo noted how they can be a bit slow on that regard as Falcom tends to keep working on their games until the last moment. It’s worth noting Clouded Leopard Entertainment exists for only around a year, created from ex employees of Sony Music Entertainment Unties, and yet already localized nearly as many Kiseki games as either XSeed or NIS America.
Lastly, I’d also point out Toshihiro Kondo actually mentioned VR when talking about Ys IX: Monstrum Nox in March 2019. He mentioned back then that Falcom is very interested in VR games. As shown with the Trails of Cold Steel IV collaboration café in Shibuya, where they made a VR app that let you become one of the characters.
You can read more details on The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki with our past coverage here, here, and here. When it comes to English releases, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV will launch this fall on PS4, and on Switch and PC via Steam in 2021.