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    Falcom to Focus on Ys Series in 2023, Wants to Develop Next Trails Game Soon

    A short break by the development team.

    Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo recently discussed the long-running Trails and Ys franchises, revealing what fans may expect in The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki 3 (tentative name). Kondo also discussed the company’s focus for 2023 ahead of two major releases. 

    The Next Trails Game and Focus of 2023

    In an interview at Gamer, Kondo said Falcom wants to develop the next Trails game as soon as possible. He doesn’t want fans to forget about the Trails franchise if Falcom takes too long to develop or begin developing the next Trails game. Kondo uses the release of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC as an example. However, Ys will be the focus for 2023, and the development team needs to recover its energy. 

    Gameplay mechanics and systems of The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki 3 will be the same as the prior two games. Kondo says these returning systems will be “more sophisticated” than other titles, and more new ideas will be incorporated. Moreover, Falcom aims to provide an enjoyable experience in the next Trails title. The Falcom president hopes fans look forward to experiencing the Kuro no Kiseki story to the very end (Thanks, NoisyPixel). 

    Upcoming Falcom Releases

    Currently, Falcom is developing Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana and Ys X: Nordics. Ys Memoire: The Oath in Felghana releases first on April 27 for Nintendo Switch in Japan. Ys X: Nordics releases later this year for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 in Japan. Despite the lack of brand-new Trails releases in Japan this year, fans in the west have a great opportunity to catch up on the series. 

    NIS America brings the Crossbell duology to a close when The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure launches March 14 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. This summer, heroes from Crossbell, Erebonia, and the rest of Zemuria will unite once more. The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie launches July 7 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam.

    The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN- is available now for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan. Lastly, the PC (Steam) version is available now with Traditional Chinese and Korean language support.

    Soul Kiwami
    Soul Kiwami
    Raul Ochoa, a.k.a. Soul Kiwami, is the Deputy Editor in Chief of Final Weapon and a News Writer at Game Rant. With a passion for the Japanese gaming industry, Raul is a huge fan of Nintendo Switch, PC hardware, JRPGs and fighting/action games. business email: soul@finalweapon.net

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