Poll Are You Playing Trails to Azure?
The second game in Falcom's 'Crossbell' duology has finally been officially released in the West, and existing fans will know how much of a big deal that is. Trails to Azure is the explosive sequel to Trails from Zero, and these two titles feed directly into the Trails of Cold Steel series. What a time to be alive! If you're a fan of...
News Complete the Crossbell Arc in Trails to Azure and Get Some Closure on PS4
Sending out an SSS
Trails to Azure is out today, and we couldn't be more excited. The eagerly anticipated follow-up to epic JRPG Trails from Zero, Azure concludes the Crossbell arc of the larger Trails of Heroes story, an incredibly intricate tale of political machinations, JRPG battles and boarding school hijinks. For those of you already on the...
News Trails to Azure Pays Touching Tribute to Localisation Star Scott Tijerina
Special support section
It's taken a long, long time, but Trails to Azure is officially available outside of Japan. The excellent RPG was originally a PSP title, but its PS4 re-release is out today (in North America, at least — Europe has to wait until the 17th March). Anyway, you may not know this, but Trails to Azure was fully translated by...
News The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails Is a Falcom Action RPG to Watch in Fall 2023
Lost and found heaven
Publisher NIS America has released a new trailer for upcoming action RPG The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails, which is set to release for PS4 this autumn / fall here in the West. For those who don't know, Nayuta was originally a 2012 PSP title. It's also something of a Trails series spinoff (with Ys-esque gameplay), although...
News Trails into Reverie's Truly Gigantic Cast Teased in New Character Trailer
A small army
And you thought Trails of Cold Steel IV had too many characters! Upcoming RPG Trails into Reverie is basically an all-star game. Not only is it something of an epilogue to the aforementioned Cold Steel series, it also wraps up the Crossbell arc, acting as a final chapter for Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure. As such, you can expect...
News Trails from Zero on PS4 Misses Out on New Improvements Coming to PC, Switch
PS4 players ditched again
At this point it feels like PS4 players are being well and truly screwed over, doesn't it? You may remember that when Trails from Zero finally arrived here in the West last year, PC and Nintendo Switch users were treated to an enhanced version of the release. Meanwhile, PS4 players got a no-frills localisation of the...
News Trails from Zero PS4 Update Teased
Trails from Zero hasn't had an update on PS4 since its release back in September — and that's because it hasn't really needed one. The game runs perfectly fine on Sony's last-gen system, but as noted in our Trails from Zero PS4 review, it's a shame that additional improvements — upgrades available on PC and Nintendo Switch,...
News Trails into Reverie Concludes the Cold Steel Saga in July 2023 for PS5, PS4
Rean Schwarzer ready for action
Update: NIS America has now confirmed to us that the upgrade path from PS4 to PS5 for Trails into Reverie will be a free one. You'll be able to upgrade both physical and digital copies bought on PS4. Original story: The JRPG master Nihon Falcom has attached a 7th July 2023 release date to the upcoming Trails into...
News Trails into Reverie Has an Upgrade Path from PS4 to PS5, But Saves Won't Carry Over
Bonuses and VR also detailed
Trails into Reverie is due out in the summer of 2023 for both PS5 and PS4, acting as an epic epilogue to a number of series storylines, including the Trails of Cold Steel saga. It first released in Japan in 2020, but back then, there was no PS5 version. As such, the game's Western publisher, NIS America, has clarified...
News Trails into Reverie Brings an End to Cold Steel's Story in Summer 2023 on PS5, PS4
Deluxe and Limited Editions revealed
NIS America has confirmed that Trails into Reverie will release in the summer of 2023, for PS4 and PS5. Previously, the game had only been announced for Sony's last-gen console. We assume that the PS5 version will feature improved performance. For those who may not know, Trails into Reverie essentially acts as a...
News Trails, Ys Announcements and More Coming This Week
NISA's having a week of Falcom
NIS America, the publisher that brings Falcom's Trails and Ys games West, has announced that this week will play host to "announcements, activities, sweepstakes, and more" from the Japanese developer. It kicked things off earlier today by confirming a release date for Trails to Azure, and revealing that Ys IX: Monstrum...
News Trails to Azure Arrests March 2023 Release Date on PS4
The SSS returns
Trails to Azure, the direct sequel to Trails from Zero, will release in the West for the first time ever next year. The Japanese RPG, which many fans claim is one of the best entries in Falcom's long-standing series, launches on the 14th March in North America, and the 17th March in Europe. Again, Azure follows on from the events of...
News Falcom's Trails Series Tops 7 Million Sales
The legend grows
Falcom has announced that its Legend of Heroes: Trails franchise has now topped 7 million sales. The RPG series has been around for close to two decades, and it's always been somewhat popular in its homeland of Japan — but in recent years, the property has also started to catch on here in the West. 7 million is a respectable...
News Trails from Zero on PS4 Is Graphically Inferior to Nintendo Switch, PC Ports
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
If you were looking forward to playing The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero on PS4, you may want to keep your expectations in check, as it looks like PlayStation players will be saddled with a graphically inferior version of the game compared to the one releasing on PC and Nintendo Switch. There are a few...
News Trails from Zero Gameplay Trailer Shows Off Its Team-Based Combat System
Anticipated JRPG Trails from Zero has a new gameplay trailer, mostly showcasing its turn based — and team-based — combat system. If you're already familiar with the Trails from Cold Steel games then you'll feel right at home here, although given that Zero originally released for the PSP back in 2010, it's fair to say that the system as...
News The Legend of Heroes Overall Story Is 'About 60-70%' Finished, Says Falcom
That's a lotta games
If you didn't already know, Falcom's long running The Legend of Heroes franchise includes a lot of games — and all of them contribute to a huge overall story. The property's popularity has increased significantly over the last several years here in the West, with the Trails of Cold Steel series introducing loads of new players...
News Trails to Azure Confirmed for Early 2023, Character Trailer Kickstarts the Hype
Sequel could arrive just months after Zero
Okay, first things first, Trails to Azure is the sequel to Trails from Zero, which is actually yet to release here in the West (it's locked in for September 2022). But that hasn't stopped publisher NIS America from kickstarting Azure's marketing campaign. It's been given a character trailer — embedded...
News Falcom on Bringing Kuro Trails Games West: 'Of Course We Intend To'
An update from Kondo himself
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...
News PS Plus Extra in Japan Gets Almost Every Trails Game on PS4
If you're a fan of 100-hour long Japanese RPGs and you happen to have a Japanese PlayStation account complete with PS Plus Extra, then you've just struck gold. The new PS Plus tiers, Premium and Extra, have just launched in Japan, and the Extra option includes almost every Falcom RPG available on PS4. (You can find a complete list of the PS...
News Trails from Zero Character Trailer Is Packed with Charm
The SSS is here
Trails from Zero isn't out for another four months or so, but that won't stop NIS America from reminding us that it's coming. The RPG's got a new trailer that introduces its main cast of characters, otherwise known as the SSS — the Special Support Section. A ragtag group of peacekeepers, they're led by Lloyd Bannings — the game's...
First Impressions Trails from Zero Is Going to Be a Must-Play for JRPG Fans
From Zero to hero
Originally a 2010 PSP title, Trails from Zero was never officially released in the West, despite its incredibly positive reputation amongst hardcore Trails fans. Indeed, many would tell you that this is one of the best entries in Falcom's long, long running The Legend of Heroes franchise — and that's saying a lot. Thankfully, NIS...
News The West's Already Huge Wait for the New Trails Games Just Got Even More Painful
First details on Kuro no Kiseki II are here
We're very thankful that, over the last decade or so, Japanese companies have finally grown accustomed to releasing their games outside of Japan in a timely manner. Publishers like SEGA are actually going all-in on worldwide release dates, which is a massive step in the right direction when you consider...
News Highly Rated JRPG Trails from Zero Confirms September Release Date on PS4
Publisher NIS America has confirmed that Trails from Zero will release this September. Previously, all we had to go on was a rather vague 'Q3 2022' window, but now we've got a specific date — or dates, in fact. Trails from Zero launches for PlayStation 4 on the 27th September in North America, and the 30th September in Europe...
News Trails from Zero Gets Limited and Deluxe Editions, But No Release Date
Hero to zero
Update: NISA and NISA Europe have revealed limited and deluxe editions for upcoming JRPG Trails from Zero, as well as some merchandise. Pre-orders go live on Monday — that's the 17th January — in Europe. If you're in the US, you can pre-order through the NISA online store now. Not quite the announcement many fans were expecting,...
News The Latest Trails Game, Kuro no Kiseki, Is Already Getting a Sequel in Japan Next Year
Falcom, NISA, please
The West is now so far behind with Trails games that it's actually starting to hurt. The latest game in Falcom's long-running JRPG series, Kuro no Kiseki, released for PlayStation 4 earlier this year in Japan — but there's been no definitive word on a Western launch. And now, Falcom has announced that a direct sequel — the...
News Falcom Aware of Overseas Demand for New Trails Game Kuro no Kiseki, Mentions Potential PS5 Version
Don't keep us in the dark
Man, that latest Trails game looks bloody good, doesn't it? Titled Kuro no Kiseki, it releases for PlayStation 4 this very week in Japan, and it takes place after the excellent Trails of Cold Steel series. It's pretty much the next evolution in Falcom's long running The Legend of Heroes franchise. Anyway, ever since it was...
News Action RPG The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails Journeys West on PS4 in 2023
Trails with a twist
Trails spinoff title The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails is being brought to Western shores by NIS America in 2023. This is a PlayStation 4 remaster of the PSP game that released all the way back in 2012, exclusively in Japan. Unlike other Trails titles that you may be familiar with, The Legend of Nayuta doesn't have turn...
News Trails of Cold Steel Sequel Trails into Reverie Comes West on PS4 in 2023
The whole gang's here
Massive Japanese RPG Trails into Reverie has been confirmed for a Western release on PlayStation 4. Those already familiar with the Trails of Cold Steel games may know that this is a sequel to that series. However, it doesn't just cover Rean Schwarzer and the gang — it also ties up stories years in the making from other...
News Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure Confirmed for Western PS4 Release in 2022, 2023
It's finally happening
It's official: the two Crossbell Trails titles are finally coming West on PlayStation 4. Both of these games started life on the PSP, before being remastered for Sony's home console in 2020. However, until now, they've remained exclusive to Japan. Officially titled Trails from Zero and Trails to Azure in English, the...
News Four Trails Games are Being Localised, But PS4 Hasn't Been Confirmed
Yep, the Crossbell remasters
Well well well, what do we have here? Ahead of Falcom's big 40th anniversary event tomorrow (or tonight, depending on your time zone), it looks like the Epic Games Store has leaked some major Western announcements. The PC storefront confirms that four Trails titles will be localised. This includes the two Crossbell...
News Trails of Cold Steel Dev Falcom Has 'Special Announcements' Planned for 40th Anniversary Concert Next Week
Is being promoted in English
Nihon Falcom, the company behind the Trails franchise — with the Trails of Cold Steel games being the most well known here in the West — and Ys, will be celebrating 40 years of development with a special concert. Said concert will be livestreamed next week, on the 24th June. Normally we wouldn't pay too much...
News The New Trails Game Lets You Choose Between Action and Turn Based Combat, First Gameplay Appears Online
Kuro no Kiseki
Regular readers will know that we're big fans of Falcom's Trails of Cold Steel games, so we've been keeping a close eye on the developer's brand new project. As you might have already heard, The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki (to give its full Japanese name, which translates to 'Trails in the Dark') runs on an overhauled engine,...