By now, Trails fans know all too well that it can take a long time for the latest entries Falcom's RPG series to come West. Publishing partner NIS America appears to be trying its best to bring the games over as quickly as it can, but colossal scripts mean that the localisation process is particularly gruelling.
As such, there's currently a significant delay in localising the most recent Trails titles. We're getting Trails from Zero in September, and then three other Trails games are scheduled for 2023. The problem, though, is that Falcom is pumping these projects out at an unprecedented pace. The latest saga in the series, starting with Kuro no Kiseki, is now in full flow. The second game in this new arc, Kuro no Kiseki II: Crimson Sin, will hit Japan later this year. It's fair to say that the West is well behind at this point, and some fans have even started to wonder whether Kuro no Kiseki is in contention for a Western release to begin with.
But all hope is not lost. Recently, we were lucky enough to bag an interview with company president Toshihiro Kondo, and the good news is that Falcom does have plans to bring Kuro no Kiseki to the West. Eventually.
Here's what Kondo-san told us: "Of course we intend to have [Kuro no Kiseki] come out in the West. There might be a time gap between it and the Japanese release, but please wait for more information once everything is decided."
So yeah, it sounds like we don't have to worry about the Kuro games actually coming overseas — it's just a question of when. Seeing as 2023 is already packed, we would assume that 2024 will be the target year. One day, we might catch up. One day...
We'll be publishing our full interview with Kondo-san in the near future.