NISA Europe has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero which introduces us to the Special Support Section — the main cast in the fourth game in the Kiseki/Trails series. Originally released in Japan on the PlayStation Portable in 2010, this upcoming Switch port marks the game's first official English release in the West.
These "new protectors of Crossbell" are Lloyd Bannings, a rookie detective who fights with duel tonfas; Elie MacDowell, the pistol-wielding granddaughter of the mayor of Crossbell City; Tio Plato, master of orbal technology (magic) and a child genius; and Randy Orlando, a flirt and battle-hardened halberd fighter.
If you've played Trails of Cold Steel III or IV on Switch, then you're bound to recognise a few of these faces, however this will give some background on everything that happened in Crossbell before the events of the later Cold Steel games.
Trails from Zero is out on Switch on 27th September in North America and 30th September in Europe, with a direct sequel — Trails to Azure — due out in. You can also snag yourself a special edition of the game.
Let us know if you're excited to visit Crossbell this September!
This looks really good! I really like more old-school rpg's.
Would love them to port the The legend of hero: trails of the sky trilogy before this game. I've never played that trilogy but a lot of people recommend it to me.
(yes even after 5 years of Switch I succumb to port-begging, I know. But I love to play stuff on switch instead of on pc, I never owned a PSP and not the whole trilogy is on Vita)
I hope at some point we can get Cold Steel 1 and 2 in English on Switch. I've been meaning to play this series, but having only 3 and 4 available is a little ridiculous.
@Friendly This game is a direct sequel to the Sky trilogy. I really enjoyed it but I played it directly after the Sky games. I wouldn’t recommend going into this game blind.
I would say this one is definitely a better starting point than what cold steel 3 was.
While playing it after the sky games is optimal since there are some plot elements which call back to that i would say its certainly better than not playing it at all.
really as long as you don't start in the middle of a story arc (such as starting at sky second chapter, Azure, cold steel 2 or cold steel 4) you should be okay.
@nessisonett how about for a player who has played through all 4 Cold Steel games, but not the Sky games? Enough context to appreciate it? Hope so, cos I'm quite excited for this one.
@nessisonett @mgalens thanks! means I either play it on the pc, or wait for a port of the trilogy…. Please, NIOH, if you’re reading this….
@HeyL1sten As somebody who’s played through the Sky trilogy and this game but not the Cold Steel games yet, I’m not sure! The main issue is that Estelle and Joshua, the main characters from Sky, are major characters in this game and in fact are the final two party members. Without spoilers, the reason those two are in Crossbell is due to the mission they’ve left Liberl on, which is explained in Sky 3rd. And the other character involved in all that is introduced in Sky SC with basically all of the context It’s a really hard one 😂
@nessisonett Cool, thanks for the info Joshua and Estelle actually crop up in the back half of the Cold Steel games too. Thinking that I managed to get by with some gaps in my knowledge there, so hoping Zero will be ok. Could wait forever for the Sky games and may not actually get them.
Looking forward to this!
Iirc if you made it through cold steel series okay without much previous series experience then the crossbell games should be fine, while they do tie in with the sky storyline they are definitely more self contained than cold steel which had a lot more segments heavily tying into previous games as they went on.
I know they're more than a decade old now, but I wouldn't object to seeing the Trails in the Sky trilogy make its way to consoles. The Crossville arc's release will render it as the only mainstream Trails storyline still limited to PC.
Shouldn't ask for too much, though; it's taking more than long enough already to get the new Calvard games localized, and these developers are already swamped.
Amazing games. Easily in my top 5 favorite game series, though it boggles me a little that they're releasing the Crossbell games before Sky, and that there's still no Cold Steel 1 & 2 on switch. Though with Kondo just talking about releasing more of their games on switch I suppose it's only a matter of time.
Still, I feel like this alienates a lot of the potential switch players as it's harder to get into the series from later entries. Starting with say Cold Steel 1 is fine, but Cold Steel 3? You're missing hundreds of hours of story by starting with 3.
Someone explained it elsewhere online, ideally you would start the series from the very beginning, and play each and every game in order.
BUT, if you decide to start with Trails of Cold Steel, it better be I-IV, starting with I. You definitely don't want to start with the Switch's III & IV.
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