XSEED is celebrating the five-year anniversary of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky's North American debut with a pair of announcements. The first is that The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd is getting a Western release for PC in 2017. The second is that Trails of Cold Steel II now has a release window on PlayStation 3 and Vita: Fall 2016.
"These last five years have been quite an adventure for us," said XSEED executive vice president Ken Berry. "While we've had our share of struggles with the series in regards to its often lengthy and arduous localization, I can say with confidence that what we've achieved far outweighs any hardships. We are without question committed to our fans, and are absolutely humbled by their overwhelming support. And in return, we promise to do our best to ensure that these two entries in Nihon Falcom's beloved Trails series receive the same amount of dedication that previous releases have seen."
XSEED revealed that English localizations of the Trails franchise have sold more than 350,000 units to date. According to SteamSpy, 164,000 of that is for The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky alone, whereas its recently released sequel only has around 15,000 owners.
We knew Trails of Cold Steel II was coming soon, given that XSEED already announced on Facebook that the translation work on the title was 95 percent done, leaving the editing and English voice recording as the major hurdles.
"Translation on the 1.45 million character monster started in February 2015, and editing began shortly after Trails of Cold Steel finished wrapping up," said the company back in January. "While we reached the 40% mark over winter break, our first and second weeks back into the office have mostly consisted of putting together voice files and organizing what we need for English voice recording. We plan on hopping back in the booth in March, but you can never prepare for recording 11,000~ lines too early, I say!"
The studio also wants to get more people in on the franchise, so this weekend Trails in the Sky is 50 percent off on Steam, while Trails in the Sky SC is 30 percent off. If you haven't played either, they both get heartily recommendations from USgamer!