XSEED Games and Nihon Falcom were thrilled yesterday to release a new entry in the acclaimed Trails series of games, The Legend of Heores: Trails of Cold Steel for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita for North American gamers to enjoy.
This title, which takes place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, promises to deliver “a bounty of new features and series firsts as well as an expertly told storyline that both newcomers and longtime Trails veterans alike will equally enjoy.” It is available in a standard edition and a limited “Lionheart Edition” that contains an art book with 140 pages of art from this title and the upcoming 2016 sequel, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, and a 1.5″ emblem pin representing the Erebonian Empire and packaged in a custom collectible box that has been designed to hold both titles.
For those unaware of the game, here’s a description, courtesy of the official press release:
Known in Japan as Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel builds on the beloved Trails franchise by improving on the series’ formula while delivering the same sort of well-crafted narrative that series fans have come to expect. Assuming the roles of specially-elected elite military students, players will unravel the enigma that is the Erebonian Empire’s inner political quagmire as they delve deep into the expansive lore that has become synonymous with the series. Best of all, players can enjoy the game’s masterfully told tale on both the “PSVita” and PS3™ systems simultaneously with Cross-Save functionality, allowing for play at home or on the go should a player own both versions.
As the central characters bond with fellow initiates and enjoy life at Thors Military Academy, they earn new abilities in battle via the game’s tactical turn-based Combat Link System, netting benefits such as healing and guarding bonuses. In between skirmishes, players can upgrade their party members with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system — a streamlined version of the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles — allowing for greater access to abilities and quicker customization.