Well, this is unexpected. The next Trails in the Sky game is coming to the West, publisher XSEED announced today. It will be out for PC in 2017. This is the third game in the Trails in the Sky trilogy, which first hit Australian shores in 2011. After a long, twisted journey full of all sorts of brutal challenges, XSEED finally released the second game, Trails SC, last October. The publisher had expressed interest in localising the third game — which connects both to the first two Trails in the Sky games and to the rest of Falcom's sprawling RPG series — but after the pain and suffering that went into getting SC to the West, fans have been sceptical.
Now it's official. Trails the 3rd, which stars the mysterious priest Kevin from SC, will be out in English next year.
In other welcome news for JRPG fans, it appears that the Trails series is doing well. XSEED said today in a press release that all of the games they have released in North America — Trails FC, Trails SC and Trails of Cold Steel — have sold a total of 350,000 copies as of today.
Anyone who reads Kotaku is undoubtedly familiar with my love for the Trails series — they're brilliant, intricate JRPGs that all connect in some fascinating, Suikoden-like ways. Needless to say I'm... excited about this news.
XSEED also announced today that Trails of Cold Steel II, the direct sequel to December's excellent Cold Steel, will be out this spring. Like its predecessor, Cold Steel II will be on both PS3 and Vita.
In celebration of all this news, both Trails in the Sky games will be discounted on Steam for the next week.