Trails of Cold Steel III has been delayed until October. The game will now launch on October 22nd in North America and Europe, and October 29th in Oceania.
We don't know exactly why the game has been delayed. In a press release, publisher NIS America says the delay is "to guarantee as successful a launch window as possible". This could mean anything from additional polish to bug fixing. NIS America says it's very sorry for the release date delay and that it appreciates fans' understanding and patience. The game was originally meant to launch in September this year, so it's only a month's delay. As Miyamoto said, a rushed game is forever bad, but a delayed game is eventually good.
It's not all bad news for Trails fans though. NIS America and Nihon Falcom are planning to release a demo for the game prior to its full launch. We're not sure when exactly the demo is coming yet or what it will contain. The two companies have promised more details soon, so we'll bring you more as we get it. NIS America is also currently holding a Trails giveaway. The grand prize winner gets a custom-fit Thors Military Academy jacket and a PS4 Pro. There are also nine weekly winners who will get a PS4 Pro each. All you need to sign up for the giveaway is your email or social media details.
Trails of Cold Steel III (or Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, to give it its full title, though most omit the Dragon Slayer given its distance) is the third game in the Cold Steel spinoff series. The games are part of the larger Trails subseries of The Legend of Heroes franchise (which is a subseries of Dragon Slayer). Cold Steel III sees protagonist Rean Schwarzer guiding an all-new Class VII through a world of intrigue, politics, and sinister plotting. This will be the first game in the series to be developed natively for PS4; unlike previous entries, Cold Steel III won't be available on PS3.
While you wait for the third game, check out TechRaptor's review of Trails of Cold Steel II.
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