It's finally official: the second chapter of Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is coming to Steam and PSP as a digital release next year. The first chapter, already out for PSP, will also be released on Steam at some point this winter.
That means English-speakers will be able to play both games in the beloved RPG series on PSP, Vita or PC by the end of 2014.
In case you're unfamiliar: Trails in the Sky is one of my favourite role-playing games on the PSP, thanks to its sharp writing, killer music, and wonderful sense of adventure. It essentially captures everything I'd want from an RPG. And it ends on one hell of a cliffhanger, which has led fans like me to grump and whine to XSEED asking why the sequel (a direct continuation of the first chapter's story) isn't out in English yet.
Now we know. It's coming next year.
XSEED is publishing SC with the localisation help of Carpe Fulgur, the company behind Japanese RPGs like Recettear and Chantelise.
"We are pleased to finally give the fans what they have been requesting so fervently for over two years," said XSEED vp Ken Berry in a press release. "There's been a constant demand ever since we released the original The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and we are extremely grateful for our partnership with the passionate localizers at Carpe Fulgur to finally make it a reality."
Here's a plot synopsis, via the press release:
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky opens in the quaint and peaceful town of Rolent in the Liberl Kingdom. Home to a peacekeeping coalition free of government ties known as the Bracer Guild, the adventure follows two young aspiring bracers known as Estelle and Joshua on their trials to become full-fledged members of this elite organisation. As they embark on their quest, their journey will take them across an entire country, unravelling a sinister government conspiracy along the way that's poised to overtake the throne, threatening the very peace the bracers seek to uphold. Throughout their adventure, players can expect to learn the full depth of these characters' origins and motivations through dialogue-driven cutscenes and lengthy side-quests.
Trails in the Sky SC, meanwhile, begins immediately after the events in the first game. Following the explosive revelations at the very end of Trails in the Sky, Estelle feels adrift and must find her resolve along with friends both old and new, and face down the true architects of the chaos engulfing Liberl — a force far more powerful and insidious than she could ever have imagined.
Boasting over a hundred hours of gameplay between the two episodes and featuring an engaging narrative that encompasses everything from politics, economics and conspiracies to tourism, traditions and even a cat-speech dictionary, these two titles in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky series combine to form an incredibly immersive RPG experience. On top of its meticulously crafted world where all actions and inhabitants are accounted for throughout the story, the game also features a meticulously customisable combat system, a massive cast of characters from all walks of life, a variety of landscapes, an in-game newspaper that publishes new issues as the story progresses, and much more. In The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, players are responsible for shaping the world, and will see direct repercussions from their actions as the game unfolds.
Well put, even if they do use the word "meticulously" too much.
We'll be waiting patiently for SC. In the meantime, you can check out the first game on PSP (or digitally on Vita) or wait until this winter for the PC version.