JRPG fans who own a Switch are in for an absolute treat next year – with NIS America announcing The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III by Nihon Falcom will be released on Nintendo's system in Spring 2020.
This is the first title in The Legend of Heroes series to be made available on the hybrid hardware. Like the PlayStation 4 version of the game released in 2017, the Switch iteration will run at a locked 720p resolution and 30 frames per second in both docked and handheld modes (thanks, Gematsu).
Trails of Cold Steel III invites players to a world full of "intrigue and excitement" as they embark on a whirlwind tour through never-before-seen lands of the recently expanded Erebonian countryside, meet new faces and reunite with old friends.
The deep and engaging story pairs players with an incredible cast of characters and a combat system that has been refined over many years. Here's a bit more about the story itself, directly from the PR:
Nearly a year and a half has passed since the Erebonian civil war, and much has changed since then. From the shifting stances of countries to the internal politics of the Empire, and even the life of Rean Schwarzer, the shadows of the past have given way to the embers of a new chapter. Now graduated from Thors Military Academy, Rean has become an instructor at the Thors Branch Campus, a newly-opened academy that quickly finds itself thrust onto the national stage. It is here that he takes the lead of a brand new Class VII, and must guide a new generation of heroes into an unknown future. Though all is calm now, the nefarious Ouroboros organization continues to weave a dark plot that could engulf the entire continent in war...or perhaps something even more sinister.
And here are the key features:
Welcome to the New Class VII – Explore the newly annexed lands of the Empire with a brand new squad, and catch up with familiar faces from the past.
An Immersive Story – Experience an epic story developed across three titles, and crafted for new and old fans alike. Also includes an interactive introduction to catch up new players to the ongoing story so anyone can dive right in to the world of Trails of Cold Steel.
Combat Honed to a Fine Edge – Challenge oncoming threats with a combat system that has been refined over the course of decades. The addition of features like Brave Order and the Break System opens up new possibilities in battle.
Lastly is a bit of history about the game's developer Nihon Falcom:
Falcom is a game developer founded in 1981 that has created many titles for consumer game platforms and boasts an extremely enthusiastic fanbase worldwide. Notable titles include the “Ys” series, the “Trails” series, and Tokyo Xanadu.
Check out the trailer above and tell us if you're excited about this upcoming Switch release.