4Gamers and Weibo’s recent interviews with Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo revealed new details regarding the future of Ys and Trails. According to Kondo, Ys X (tentative title) is still in development and The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki 3 (tentative title) is another major title being developed.
Ys X is currently in development as Kondo stated in previous interviews. Kondo was unable to attend Tokyo Game Show 2022 due to his involvement in the project, which includes Ys X’s script. Unfortunately, he’s unable to share more details about Ys X at this time. However, Ys 35th anniversary plans will proceed with news coming soon. 4Gamers’ interview with Kondo may be read here (Thanks, @GENSOUFGO).
Falcom’s Trails series is moving along with The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki 3. The game was also referred to as “Kuro no Kiseki Final Chapter” in a recent update for The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN-. The option of “chapter select” remains uncertain for the new game.
The Trails story is roughly 70% complete according to Weibo’s interview with Kondo. The Calvard saga comes to a close with the third Kuro no Kiseki title. However, the Trails series explores more regions in future titles. Although the regions are not as big as Erebonia and Calvard, dense storytelling remains a key component. Kondo states the current narrative pacing of Trails can’t be sped up.
A possible Trails in the Sky remake was brought up in the interview as well. Demand by worldwide players will ultimately determine whether Trails in the Sky would receive a remake someday. Kondo, Falcom staff, and the player bases of Asia and Japan have deep connections with the Trails in the Sky trilogy. For now, the remake is a real possibility but not within Falcom’s plans at the moment (Thanks, NoisyPixel).
The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- is available now for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan.
Lastly, check out our review of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero for Nintendo Switch here.