UPDATE: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Northern War Anime Receiving Game Adaption

More news regarding the upcoming The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Northern War anime was provided in a Funimation blog post published earlier this month. This new information can be viewed from a statement by UserJoy’s Any Liu:

“We hope that everyone, not only the fans that are familiar with the game, but also those who are not, can enjoy the new story that has never been told before with unique characters from the ‘Kiseki’ series. Also, we are developing a new game based on the anime storyline, so please look forward to that as well!”

Considering this company’s track record, this new game being developed with the anime storyline will undoubtedly be a gacha experience, so those opposed to that genre should temper their expectations.

Hidekazu Sato is directing the anime with UserJoy, SYOU, NADA, and Funimation managing production. Lastly of note is that studio Tatsunoko Production is animating it.

Despite overall Trails of Cold Steel protagonist Rean Schwarzer not taking the helm as the protagonist for this anime adaptation, he will likely still appear in varying capacities. The North Ambrian war is a grave subject matter in Trails of Cold Steel III, affecting Rean quite heavily. Those who played the title will know what toll this conflict took on him and other characters.

UPDATE 11/16/2022: New concept art for this game has surfaced, and a closed beta test is expected to occur during the first quarter of 2023, with the full title launching in that year’s second quarter. Thanks to Falcom community member Hansuke for sharing this information.

You can view the new art below:


Check out our prior coverage of this upcoming anime for more information.

Check out our latest coverage of the anime.

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The next localized entry for the franchise will be Trails from Zero.

Trails from Zero has players take control of protagonist Lloyd Bannings and the rest of the Special Support Section as they aid the citizens of Crossbell City with various tasks and gradually uncover a deep-seated corruption at the heart of the city with criminality at its core.

Alongside the strategical turn-based combat fans have expected from the series, the addition of cooperative attacks with party members makes the bonds between the Special Support Section an active ingredient in combat potential. This release boasts a High-Speed mode, which prior localized Trails entries contain. This functionality allows players to speed past cutscenes, combat, and exploration for whatever reasons they deem fit.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is releasing for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam on September 27, 2022.

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