As part of NIS America’s planned week of Falcom-related news, the publisher has announced that the second entry and finale to the Crossbell duology of the Trails series, The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure, will be released for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games Store, GOG, and Steam in March 2023. Three release dates were given dependent on region, listed below:
- March 14, 2023 – North America
- March 17, 2023 – Europe
- March 24, 2023 – Australia, New Zealand
UPDATE: Retailers housing the standard physical edition are listed below:
This sequel follows the events of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero after a time-skip. The Special Support Section finds themselves facing threats far grander than what they’ve previously dealt with. Fans can look forward to significant shake-ups to the combat system, such as Bursts, and the introduction of Master Quartz, which Trails of Cold Steel players should recognize. Additionally, there’s even a customizable car for transport.
- Check out the recent update made to the official website.
- The President of Nihon Falcom was recently interviewed, revealing new information for the series.
- View the official Trails to Azure character trailer.
- A limited edition was available for pre-order, but it is now out of stock from the NISA North American storefront.
This updated version of the game differs from the pre-PlayStation 4 releases, as it contains character cameos from the Trails of Cold Steel saga. NIS America has also confirmed that save data can be imported from The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero for additional conversations and alternate dialogue, usually dependent on prior quest completion. Then, one can transfer their Trails to Azure save data to the upcoming Trails into Reverie for currently unspecified benefits.
The digital launch of the game will cost $39.99/€39.99, while the retail release will be $49.99/€49.99.
UPDATE 11/22/2022: The game has received its official Teen ESRB rating, with the following points:
- Blood, Fantasy Violence
- Sexual Themes
- Simulated Gambling
- Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
The full ESRB description is quoted below:
This is a role-playing game in which players lead a rookie division of a fictional police department. From a 3/4-overhead perspective, players explore a fantasy kingdom while interacting with characters and engaging in turn-based combat against soldiers and fantasy creatures (e.g., giant demons, monsters). Players choose weapons and magic attacks from a menu and watch the moves performed in brief animated sequences.
Battles are highlighted by gunfire, explosions, and cries of pain. A handful of sequences depict additional acts of violence and blood: a woman crushed by a chandelier, resulting in blood stains; a man impaled by crystal shards, accompanied by blood-splatter effects; soldiers lying in small pools of blood. One prolonged sequence depicts a character groping and squeezing another character’s breasts. During the course of the game, some characters are depicted consuming alcohol and smoking cigarettes. In one casino setting, players can wager in-game currency on slot machines, poker, and blackjack. The word “sh*t” appears in the game.
UPDATE: New English screenshots were shared, viewable via our gallery below:
We’ll be sure to keep you all updated on this highly anticipated localized sequel.
NIS America has stated this week to be full of Falcom news, so keep an eye on our coverage for further announcements.
Lastly, a story trailer for the game was shared, viewable below:
- Check out our review.
- View our 10 Beginner’s Tips.
- View our 100% completion guide spanning quests, fishing, recipes, and much more.
- Check out all of the in-game treasure chest messages exclusive to this localized release.
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- The Trails series was recently confirmed to have sold over 7 million units worldwide.
- Check out our Beginner’s Guide to the Trails series.
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