The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin Reveals September 29, 2022 Japan Release Date, Swin & Nadia’s Return & Chapter Progression System

Reliable Japanese insider ryokutya2089 has revealed via the next weekly issue of Famitsu that the release date for the upcoming Nihon Falcom developed The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin in Japan will be September 29, 2022. This release date applies to both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions. Further, Nadia Rayne and Swin Abel from Hajimari/Reverie will be receiving a dedicated feature on their return in this title.

Also of note is that Kuro no Kiseki II will use a chapter progression system that sounds loosely similar to what Reverie utilized for moving forward. Van and his allies will act separately at simultaneous times, requiring players to choose which scenarios to play first. Special stealth missions are also confirmed alongside third-person perspective ones requiring swift inputs.

Gouhuo has shared more screenshots for the title, viewable via our gallery below. Clear Nadia and Swin renders, stealth, hacking, and more facets are highlighted:

Our team’s Ryuji has translated select information within this latest Famitsu issue, viewable below:

The Kuro II information spans pages 82 to 87. 

Pages 82 and 83 comprise Swin and Nadie’s profiles, which also focuses on explaining their origins, such as how they’re from the 3 & 9 book, et cetera.

Pages 84 and 85 contain another series of locations we’ll see in Crimson Sin. Gematsu has translated the information pertaining to the unveiled locations

Page 86 discusses the new story mechanic of “Two perspectives, one chapter” where you have Side A, which focuses on Van’s side of the story, and Side B, which focuses on Swin and Nadie. It’s similar to Reverie’s three pathway mechanic, in a sense.

You can choose whichever side you want, and when you finish that side, you’ll automatically start the chapter again, but from the perspective you didn’t choose. (i.e. choosing Side B on Chapter 1 will boot you to Chapter 1’s Side A once you’re finished). They don’t mention if you can switch perspectives in the middle of the chapter, however.

Then, the final page, page 87, talks about two new kinds of special missions that will be in Kuro: Mare’s Hacking Mission and Swin’s Stealth Mission.

In Mare’s Hacking Missions, she will infiltrate the network, and the objective must be cleared before the time limit runs out. Some screenshots show a wall that she can pass through, as well as a button combo the player needs to input in order to proceed. Pressing R3 will enable “Shard Search”. They don’t say what it is for, but if I were to take a wild guess, this is an ability to allow Mare to pass unnoticed by certain enemies. 

In Swin’s Stealth Missions, the objective is to get to the target’s location without being spotted. You also cannot let the target get too far away from Swin, or that will result in failure. In a Kondo’s Comment on that same page, Falcom’s president says that with those two missions, Crimson Sin will now offer a wider variety of things to do during your journey.

Moreover, a Kuro no Kiseki II live stream will be hosted by Dengeki on June 9 at 7 AM PDT/ 10 AM EDT, discussing the latest game information. You can set a reminder for this upcoming live stream below:

The PlayStation 5 version of  Kuro no Kiseki is launching in Japan on July 28, 2022. The Traditional Chinese and Korean PlayStation 5 versions of the game will also launch on the same day. A Steam launch is also planned for the same date with Traditional Chinese & Korean subtitles.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is the latest entry of the ongoing  Trails series, taking place after the recently concluded Cold Steel  Erebonia arc, and after The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki, releasing in the west in 2023 as The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie.

This new title takes place in Calvard, one of the central regions of the series’ setting, the continent of Zemuria. While there are several returning characters from the Liberl, Crossbell, and Erebonia arcs, there is also a slew of new characters, each with their own struggles, relationships, and goals that enhance the liveliness of the in-game world.

Additionally, combat has undergone a significant shake-up, with action now freely swappable with turn-based in several circumstances, granting an impressive degree of player choice. The game is currently available in Japan for the PlayStation 4.

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