Falcom Used to Think Trails Would Not Find Support in the West

Outlet PushSquare recently conducted an interview with the President of Nihon Falcom, Toshihiro Kondo, about the recently released Trails into Reverie, the launch of the Crossbell duology, and more.

One of Kondo’s responses stated that, a year ago, Falcom never thought the Trails series would prosper in the West as it now is. As a result, he’s relieved entries like the recently localized Crossbell duology (Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure) are performing well and receiving praise from fans and critics alike.

The exchange about this topic is quoted below:

Now that the two Crossbell games are available in the West, what was it like seeing the positive response from fans and reviewers?

Ten years ago, we never believed that a story-focused JRPG series like Trails would find support in the West. From that perspective, this has been very moving. At the same time, we felt relief knowing that, when these titles are made with care and dedication, there are ardent players not only in Asia but the world over. That fact is a great source of motivation.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie takes place after Trails of Cold Steel IV and features a new mechanic called Zapping that has players switch between playable protagonists and parties at a moment’s notice.

The Trails of Cold Steel protagonist, Rean Schwarzer, Crossbell protagonist, Lloyd Bannings, and the brand new character C, are the leaders of these three parties. They face their own unique threats before eventually uniting against something especially grand.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC on July 7, 2023.

In case you missed it, check out our review.

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