The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a kind of underrated JRPG classic, which originally came out on PSP but is now available on Steam. Trails of Cold Steel is less of a sequel as it is a spin-off, taking place over the same time period. Two Trails of Cold Steel games have been released in Japan, and now NIS America is finally bringing them west!
NIS America have only currently announced a release date for the first The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, telling us it will be dropping Fall 2015 in Europe . Trails of Cold Steel will be available both physically and digitally on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. XSEED will be publishing the game in North America.
Taking place on the same continent as the fan favorite Trails in the Sky offshoot of Nihon Falcom’s storied The Legend of Heroes franchise, Trails of Cold Steel (Sen no Kiseki in Japanese) is the first in the series to tread Erebonian soil and explore the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned powerhouse nation in detail. With a standalone story that also delves into the expansive lore that has become synonymous with the series, players can enjoy school life and bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, take advantage of speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system, and take part in dramatic events that stand to shift the balance of power between Erebonia’s feuding nobility and commoners.
A World Rich in Depth for Veterans and Newcomers Alike — The events of Trails of Cold Steel are expertly told so that longtime Trails veterans and newcomers to the series alike can equally enjoy its detailed, highly nuanced storyline.
New Link System Adds Depth to Combat — Take advantage of the Combat Link System by bonding with allies throughout the school year, netting a variety of combat benefits including healing, guarding and more.
A Sleek Update to a Classic Growth Mechanic — Trails of Cold Steel streamlines the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles with new “ARCUS” units, allowing for more ready access to abilities and quicker customization.
Min-maxers’ Delight — Each girl in your party has one of five base classes, from which they can spec into one of several sub-classes, which can be further specialized. I.e a Magic User can become a Sorceress, which can specialize into Magical Princess. Each subclass has its own unique skill-set and corresponding armor/outfit, allowing for intricate tweaks for discerning party managers.
Cross-Save Makes Playing Anywhere Possible — Trails of Cold Steel was developed with Cross-Save for both the PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita systems, allowing players to unravel events within the game from home or on the go.
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