Rumor: Falcom Is Bringing The Trails Series To 3DS

By Spencer . July 11, 2012 . 4:00pm

imageA quarterly report from Toyo Keizai says Falcom has plans to develop Nintendo 3DS games and plan on bringing the popular Trails series there.


The report is only available to subscribers, but a snippet says the Trails series has been restricted to PSP, but in the next fiscal term it will go on 3DS and other platforms. A smartphone version of Trails in the Sky is in the works with Aeria Games acting as the publisher.


Recently, Falcom licensed The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Zero to Kadokawa Games who are making an enhanced PlayStation Vita version with Patapon developer Pyramid. Interchannel Holon also worked with Falcom to bring Ys I and Ys II to Nintendo DS. Perhaps, this is what Falcom is planning to do?


The report also says Falcom will diversify by making more PC and smartphone titles too.

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  • MrJechgo

    Oh god, I’d love this to be true ^^

  • D:

    Don’t get me wrong I’ll be absolutely happy if they bring the series to 3DS and what not. But currently … there’s already only a slim chance that we may even get the other titles of the Legend of Heroes series here (in the US and Europe). So I can’t be extremely happy about this matter. ^^”’ 

    Plus the 3DS is still region locked so the chances to be able to import it and play it are near to absolute zero. Especially since Nintendo did not even want to publish The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles in our countries.

    Makes me really worried about our gaming future…

    Other than that, thank you for the news, it reminded me that there’s still the second and third chapter of Trails that we have to get. WE absolutely have to! >__>

    • Vampiric

       region locking isnt a super huge concern for them, devs love it

      • Solomon_Kano

        No, region locking is a concern for us as gamers. Maybe you don’t import, cool, but region locking means you don’t even get the choice.

        Looking at some of the games on 3DS that already aren’t leaving Japan, it’s definitely a viable concern.

  • MrRobbyM

    I only ask that they consider localizing more this time around and not restrict their games to one console. A PC version and what not would be cool.

    • Vampiric

       localizations arent what they do

  • Mago Iichi

    After years of only catering to Sony and giving PC barebones, now Falcom wants to go back and “expand” to Nintendo systems?

    Why now?

    • Not the first time Falcom games have appeared on Nintendo consoles, the report doesn’t say Falcom is developing the games. My guess is that someone else got the license and is porting Sora no Kiseki for the 3DS.

      • Mago Iichi

        Oh, I know all too well that Falcom had games for the NES and other Nintendo systems in the old generations, but Falcom jumped ship and never gave another Nintendo system the light of day when the PSP came out.

        What I’m saying is, what’s the point of trying to find a market where supposedly there are no gamers on Nintendo systems that want to buy Falcom’s games?

        It’s a similar situation to Nippon Ichi, except all they gave Nintendo systems were ports pretty much.

        • mirumu

          Most likely it’s because the PSP is nearing end of life while the 3DS is selling rather well and has plenty of hardware power for what they want to do. If the games exist and the platform is healthy, people will come.

          I’d prefer Vita releases myself, but at it’s current sales level I can understand why companies favor the 3DS.

    • Because Sony’s portable systems are becoming increasingly less viable if you want to expand beyond your typical otaku/hardcore audience, would be my guess. The report says PC and smartphones, too. It’s just business as usual with expansion as the goal, as it always is.

      edit: Er, by that I mean the Vita. The PSP still has life in it, and is currently selling to the kids’ market in Japan.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Okay, quick question about this.  The trails series has run into localization issues because it’s on the PSP (under performing hardware outside of Japan) and has a LOT of text in it.  Would a 3DS version of the RPGs be more likely to get localized because of the more active 3DS market internationally?  And second, if this is a remake of Trails in the Sky (which has already been localized) would it be relatively cheap to localize as well because the translation has already been done?  Like, could Aksys just copy/paste their previous translated lines into the new code?

    And the last question here:  Is it possible that a publisher other than Aksys might pick up other entries in the Trails franchise?  Or is that partnership set in stone?

    • PoweredByHentai

      Um, Trails in the Sky was localized by XSEED.  Aksys has no involvement at all.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Thanks for correcting me on the technicality.  Now are you able to answer the actual question of whether the franchise is tied to it’s current publisher or if it’s potentially available to others for future releases?

    • “Would a 3DS version of the RPGs be more likely to get localized because of the more active 3DS market internationally?”

      This depends on Xseed’s projections for these games. If I recall correctly, they didn’t do great numbers on the PSP. Was it because they’re too niche and it’s hard for a publisher like Xseed to break them out of that niche market? Or was it because they were on PSP? Or was it both? (Most likely the last one)

      The thing is, though, that royalty rates between consoles tend to be different. Sony may offer lower/more flexible royalty rates than Nintendo do, which means that lower sales would still allow Xseed to turn a profit, whereas the same may not be possible on the 3DS. We have no way of knowing for sure.

      That having been said, Atlus are bringing over Code of Princess on the 3DS, and I don’t see that selling a whole lot of copies either. So clearly, someone thinks there’s a market for niche games on 3DS. 

      Of course, that’s more of a general statement. Atlus could be thinking that CoP will sell through word of mouth and having the Guardian Heroes team associated with it. However, going by that logic, the Trails games have gotten a fair bit of word of mouth lately, too, so they could be just as viable (if not more so) on 3DS.

      Bottom line is that it’s really hard to say for a variety of reasons.

      • Ethan_Twain


      • malek86

        I’ve read rumors that Nintendo had severely decreased the royalties for their systems (Wii U as well), especially on downloads. It would make sense, if we think Nintendo definitely wants to attract third-parties this time.

        If true, especially the download part, it might explain things. It seems ASW is publishing a new download 3DS title, so I think this solution might end up quite widespread.

        Let’s just hope they don’t raise their royalties once the console becomes more popular, like Microsoft did with XBLA ><

  • epy

    This would be more exciting if the 3DS didn’t have that damned region lock. Seriously, when are they going to get rid of that thing?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      While i don’t want to said this………. never???T_T

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Yes Falcom, expand your empire.

  • Paradox me

    Hopefully the Western 3DS market picks up and stays strong, providing an environment that encourages localization more than he PSP has in recent years.

    I’ve thought about picking up Trails in the Sky, but I have a hard time investing in the first of a trilogy whose second game is still up in the air (in 2012), let alone the third.

  • Sergio Macellaro

    And for this lands (West hemisfery)….NOTHING.
    No news for Tits SC. 
    Well no news at least isn’t BAD news.
    And, somehow, to be multiplatform can help in localization of the rest of games.
    If Falcom launch Sora no Kiseki Trilogy HD for Vita + 2 games of Zero arc (and the third one too) and Atlus localize all i will be a happy a-s-f-u-c-k panda (Xseed no will end localization process until the end of century). 

    • JazzyMan123

      Doubt Atlus would want to touch this.

      Besides, it isn’t as easy as you think to translate such a long script so I’ll just leave this here:

      • PoweredByHentai

        Unless the contract between XSEED and Falcom somehow fell through, I doubt that Atlus would be able to touch on any Ys or Legend of Heroes titles.

        • JazzyMan123

          Doubt the contract would fall through since it seems from some of Tom’s comments, XSEED’s relationship with Falcom is going pretty smoothly these days since they got the rights to Ys Origin as well.

  • kupomogli

    Hopefully XSeed picks it up and they’ll already have a head start on localization.

    • PoweredByHentai

      I think XSEED already has the rights to publish and distribute the Ys and Legend of Heroes series, especially newer iterations.  The contract’s announcement was only 2 years ago so it should still be valid.

  • 9thsage

    Oh good, I hope so…heard good things about Trails, would love to play it (but…don’t have a PSP).

  • AuraGuyChris

    Those two sure look like Serge and Kid from Chrono Cross…

    • Zero_Destiny

      I’ve been thinking that for years now. XD  

    • They do, and I’d rather replay Chrono Cross than this game. XD

      • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

        Lol both of the game here is great lol. Why not play both of them?

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      ……..Chrono Cross 3D will be a great thing here.^^

  •  The Japanese get them on three platforms and we only get one game in English. >.< So unfair.

  • Anime10121

    Hopefully this helps with localization of older titles in the series :P

  • This is just a rumor coming from a financial report… I wait until Falcom announces it… After looking at their track record, the titles for the 3DS are likely ports of the old games….

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      Ys I & II for the DS was goddamn awful too. Besides, those titles have very slim chances of being localized and Nintendo with its retarded region locks screwed users all over the globe. A rumor of games with slim chances of being brought overseas don’t (or rather, shouldn’t) mean much to 3DS users outside of Japan~.

  • LightZero

    It’s good news since I prefer the 3DS, but the main problem is whether those games will be localize or not. 

  • Dat Walrus

    >More pc titles


  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Coming here expecting the storm of Vita owner lol.^^

  • dahuuuundge

    With SMT4, Soul Hackers remake, and new Kiseki game announced. 3DS library is finally growing stronger.

    • JazzyMan123

      Which Kiseki game? Only Kiseki game right now is Nayuta for the PSP only and the article doesn’t mention that it’s going onto the 3DS.

  • Was gonna say that it’s not really the “Trails” series being moved to the 3DS it’s the “Legend of Heroes” Series. That is going to be.  A.K.A  It’ll probably be a brand new Legend of Heroes game all around gracing the 3DS.

  • Multiplatform = more people get to play Falcom games.

    Everyone wins, at the end of the day :3

    • Chris Lane

      Agreed but I’d just like to hear SOMETHING on parts 2 and 3 of trails in the sky.

  • Either 3DS or Steam, I just want to finish the trilogy.

  • Chris Lane

    Steam, Vita, 3DS, PSP, I honestly think it’d be great if everyone got the Trails games, just…please…actually announce something in regard to localizing parts 2 and 3 of trails in the sky.

  • The DS port of Ys I & II was pretty abhorrent…

  • Paulo Suchoj

    I just want to play or even to read Chapters II and III T____T I’m still an oprhan of the story and characters, like so many people out there, and I’ve been on edge since I finished the game more than a year ago. From time to time I still check to see if there’s any news.

    Just hope this possible port will raise chances of a localization of the rest of the trilogy. Else I’ll have to take a stand and finally learn Japanese.

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