Cold Steel Hits This Fall
It's no secret I'm a big fan of the "kiseki" series, otherwise known as the Trails series in the west. Besides my interview with XSEED Games' own Brittany Avery, I've also handled the majority of our coverage on the series as a whole. At any rate, news regarding the next title in the long-running jRPG series have been revealed, as Sen no Kiseki III - aka Trails of Cold Steel III - will release in Fall of 2017 in Japan, only on PlayStation 4. Naturally, a western release hasn't been confirmed as of yet, but considering the strong sales of the two previous titles in the west, as well as some comments regarding the companies reasons for releasing titles on PlayStation 4, it seems like only a matter of time before we get information about a release on our end of the globe.
Developer Nihon-Falcom has created a new site for the title, complete with some fancy new screenshots showing off the game running on its new PlayStation 4 engine. In addition, Nihon-Falcom fansite Endless History has covered some of the details revealed about the new game, such as the fact that the game will take place a year and a half after the ending of Trails of Cold Steel II, and that Falcom is aiming to make the title a "major evolution of the series". Of course, not too much is known about the changes, though at least some it can be seen in the screenshots Falcom has released so far.
Of course, the one elephant in the room is the fact that the title, the 3rd game in a trilogy in which the other two games were on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, will now release exclusively on PlayStation 4. It's definitely an interesting turn of events, but as stated from Falcom themselves - part of their decision was to better target the international market. Long-time fans of the series might also remember that Trails of Cold Steel II was originally planned to incorporate a much larger game world and story, but was in the end limited by the power of the Vita hardware - including but not limited to storage capacity. As such, it shouldn't be too surprising to see the series migrate platforms.
Are you looking forward to Trails of Cold Steel III? When do you think the title will release in the West?