Falcom President States Lack of Trails of Cold Steel Dual Audio Was XSEED’s Choice, but That Might Not Be True

With the release of Falcom’s newest JRPG coming west this month, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, expect to see a good slew of information and interviews as we get closer to launch. One such meeting has already released from Eurogamer, where Nihon Falcom’s president Toshihiro Kondo spoke to reporters about the series.

While in talks about the series origins, the question came up about dual audio in the series’ western debut. More specifically, the western release of Trails of Cold Steel I and II, which were handled by publisher XSEED. When the games released in the west on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the games shipped with only English audio. During this Kondo-san interview, he says, “I don’t know why they made their decision, but I do know that when we spoke with NIS America [global publisher of Trails of Cold Steel 3], they were very adamant about giving [dual audio] to the fans. It’s actually a very easy feature for us to implement, so going forward, should we be informed that’s what they want, then we’re happy to accommodate.”

Later releases of Trails of Cold Steel I and II did end up receiving dual audio.

However, the validity of Kondo-san’s remarks might have either been lost in translation or will need some further clarification because former-XSEED producer Tom Lipschultz took to Twitter to make his statements about what Kondo-san had said:

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It’s important to note that this is not an official statement from the publisher, but Tom is also not contractually obligated to hold his tongue.

In case you missed it, check out our interview with Kondo-san, where we talked in-depth about the series.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is coming to PlayStation 4 on October 22 in North America and Europe, and October 29 in Australia and New Zealand.


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