Following yesterday’s announcement of The Legend of Heroes: Kai no Kiseki -Farewell O Zemuria, a Q&A session was held at the same shareholder meeting where the former was revealed.
Multiple fans and investors who updated fans on social media were present, including Twitter user @michsuzu. Of the many questions asked, a particularly significant one answered by Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo warrants emphasis.
A participant asked Kondo about the possibility of the Trails series’ origins, the Trails in the Sky trilogy, making their way to modern platforms. While the titles are available on PlayStation Plus in Japan via streaming the older Japanese-only ports, there are no native ports on modern platforms for Japan and the West.
In fact, every single other Trails game is natively available on PlayStation 4, leaving the Sky trilogy even more left out.
In response, Kondo acknowledged the strong fan demand for these entries in Japan and the West. They’re trying to figure out how to bring these beloved titles to modern platforms. Falcom also considers Trails in the Sky the ideal entry point. Concluding the question, Kondo asks fans to “wait a little longer.”
You can view the relevant question and answer quoted below:
Q. This is an inquiry about about some of Falcom’s back-catalog – the Trails series’ original games, the Trails in the Sky trilogy, are currently unplayable on modern console platforms. While you can play them on a PlayStation 3, or a PlayStation Vita, are there any plans to develop a version of the titles for modern console hardware?
A. We’re always thinking about ways to make our earlier titles available to more players. As for “Trails in the Sky”, we’ve noticed strong demand for the title both domestically and abroad; as such, we too want to figure out a way to make it available once again for modern platforms. While the Trails series has grown quite long, we consider “Trails in the Sky” to be our own ideal entry point to the series. We want to re-release the game in some form, so we ask our fans to wait a little while longer while we consider our options.
Here’s hoping these ambitions become actualized because having every Trails game on the same platform would be a dream come true.
Thanks to RPGSite for translating the question and response.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is the first arc of the still ongoing Trails series by developer Nihon Falcom. Taking place on the continent of Zemuria in the region of Liberl, protagonist Estelle Bright and her adopted brother Joshua Bright begin a journey to become fully-fledged Bracers, an occupation for helping the citizenry.
This trilogy is available on PC in the West, though enhanced ports, titled Evolution, were launched in Asia, which feature bonus content and voice acting.
The next Westward entry will be The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak, launching for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC in Summer 2024.
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