XSEED Games have today released a new trailer and screenshots for Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed Trails series of roleplaying games, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, which will release December 22 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita handheld. Alongside the standard edition, a limited “Lionheart Edition” will also be available in stores. In the video, the students of Thors Military Academy’s Class VII display the fruits of their unique education, showcasing special moves unique to each character that prove what makes them worthy of their elite titles.
In addition to highlighting some of their best “Craft” and “S-Craft” attacks, this video also showcases the combining of attacks via the turn-based Combat Link System, as well as a variety of magic-like “Arts.” Rean, Laura, and Jusis lacerate their way to victory with deadly sword slashes, Alisa and Machias provide support from afar with long-ranged attacks, Gaius zeroes in on enemies like a hawk with spear outstretched, the versatile Fie assaults foes both near and far with her twin gunswords, Elliot’s fondness for music is realized with his “Seventh Rhapsody” attack, and Emma – not to be outdone by Elliot – utilizes her Orbal Staff to summon the grand Lord Albireon.
Known in Japan as Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel builds on Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed Trails franchise by improving on the series’ formula while delivering an expertly told narrative that both series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel is the first game in the series to explore Erebonian soil, giving players a chance to delve deep into the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned and powerful empire.
In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel, players take on the role of specially-selected elite military students at a time of great turmoil, who enjoy school life as they bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, and then utilize those abilities via speedy, tactical turn-based combat, which is complemented by the newly-developed “ARCUS” system. Best of all, the epic storyline can be unraveled with Cross-Save functionality between the game’s “PSVita” and PS3 editions, allowing players to play at home or on the go.