Two Clashing Forces In The Legend Of Heroes: Trails In The Flash

By Sato . February 7, 2013 . 3:08pm


The story in Falcom’s upcoming Vita and PlayStation 3 title, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash, revolves around the growing tension between two powers in the great land of Zemuria.



The first group is centered around aristocracies, known as the ‘Four Noble Families’. Thanks to their tremendous wealth, they can afford to upkeep a local military to protect their own vested interest.



The other group are the reformists. This group centers itself around an authority figure with great political influence, known as the ‘Iron-blooded prime minister’. Using tax collected from the imperial capital and other provinces, he was able to fund an expansion for an army to oppose the nobles.


As time went by, the two forces were never able to come to an agreement, which only caused further conflict within the empire. After a failed arbitration attempt by the emperor himself, the tension between the two groups only continues to grow…


The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash is slated to be released in 2013.

  • JunHoward

    No joke but that monster looks Overgodly epic. Time to + a 3 hours a day in me learning japanese then.

  • Really excited for this game! I hope Xseed can localize this, especially the VITA version!!

    • Solomon_Kano

      If they do, it’ll be a ways off. I don’t see them quitting on SC, much less to localize a game further down the line in the same story.

      • While it will no doubt reference other games in the series, most people are thinking this is a prequel.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Oh? That’d work then.

        • Kevadu

          That’s just wrong, it’s not a prequel. The only reason anyone thought that was because of a bad translation by somebody not familiar with the series.

          • There has been zero proof that it is either a prequel or a sequel. Much of the speculation I’ve seen from Japanese fansites, though, claim that SnK may be a prequel.

    • JazzyMan123

      The only localization this is going to receive is a Chinese one.

      English? Hahahahaha

  • $24431191

    That monster is badass. Xseed needs to localize this.

    edit: full version of the picture with the monster –
    This makes a really nice desktop background.

    • JazzyMan123

      Don’t get your hopes up. For this to be even viable for localization, SC, TC, Zero and Ao must be localized first.

      Because this isn’t an RPG series where you want to play them out of order:

  • AlteisenX

    It looks amazing. The first image with all the swords just makes you think epic monster.

    • Kevadu

      It’s concept art. I mean, it’s great concept art and all, but let’s not kid ourselves. That’s not what the actual game looks like.

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    It seems that Unlimited Blades Works is ineffective

    btw does that bottom picture remind anyone of Esteria?

  • Brandon001

    its a gooooooood time to be a Jrpg fan

    In Japan.

    • TheExile285

      its always a good time to be a JRPG fan in Japan.

  • JazzyMan123

    Before people start asking for a “localization”, understand that this is series where the plot follows a continuous narrative (ever since FC). And having played them, I can guarantee along with others that it is basically a must that you play these games in proper order: FC->SC->3rd->Zero->Ao->Sen.

    Therefore for Sen to be even viable for localization, SC, 3rd, Zero and Ao must be localized beforehand or else you’ll be giving western gamers a game with a VERY confusing plot.

    • Kevadu

      But I’ve been asking for localization of the whole series for years ;)

      Doesn’t seem to have helped much…

      • JazzyMan123

        Well, one main problem is the insane amounts of text these games have, thus making localization work incredibly difficult.

        I mean, look at this:

        Just goes to show how freaking insane this franchise is. I’m just glad that Jess didn’t have a brain aneurysm by the end lol.

        • MrTyrant

          Insane amounts of text is an old excuse. Yeah, we know they are big and the series is long but this doesn’t mean that it can’t be translated it’s just hard yet we only have an small group like Xseed interesed in the games and complaining all the time because of the amount of texts.

          Im tired of that, of both waiting and hearing complains about being long. Learning japanese seems easier but i would take more time for me learning that language than translate the whole series D:

          • JazzyMan123

            Well now…have you tried translating something of this size before? The script of these games really puts other RPGs to shame lol.

            I didn’t say localization was impossible, just that ANYONE is going to have a lot of trouble (since the series also uses a lot of advanced vocab at that (College level)). So any localization work is going to go slow and steady.

          • MrTyrant

            My complain was also about other companies that didn’t picked up the games at the time, back when they were realesed in ps2. If i remember correctly the first game came out on 2004.

          • JazzyMan123

            It first came out in 2004 on the PC actually. There was never a “PS2 release”.

            Who was going to localize a text-heavy JRPG on the PC of all things? Well, FC-3rd was ported to the PSP but I’m sure other companies had their chance to pick them up then….but they didn’t. The primary reason (probably) being the aforementioned problem: text.

          • I think what’s putting us more at edge is the fact XSeed is sort of at a standstill for what to do (at least, from what we know, who knows what’s up behind closed doors). There’s a lot of the series to go through still, and it becomes easy to assume the chances of getting it finished are less and less.

          • Pyrofrost

            Tom has already stated in XSeed forums that LoH: TitS SC is not high on their agenda due to the lack of success with the first one. That’s another issue along side the text size.

            If you want a specific source, you are welcome to lurk the forums and find it.

            I don’t feel like spending the time it would take to do it, lol.

          • Damn shame word-of-mouth did absolutely nothing for it then. Daresay, I wanna blame lack of marketing as well.

          • Pyrofrost

            Yeah, the best thing they could do for FC, SC, and 3rd is PSN releases, and have them also playable on Vita. Also they could examine the idea of the HD PS3 releases.

            Overall though, XSeed games in general don’t get much marketing, simply because they can’t afford it.
            I’m thankful FC did well enough to justify them still working on SC. Even with the difficulty they are having.

          • XSEED doesn’t exactly have the funds to really afford the marketing campaigns that people are expecting of them. Advertising is EXTREMELY expensive, and they were putting out ads in magazines and such.

          • Pyrofrost

            Ummm, excuse me Siliconera staff.
            I would like to know why my comment posted in the exact position I am posting this one was deleted.

            I was in no way attacking MrTyrant or any users here. It was also on topic. I was telling MrTyrant why the excuse is constantly brought up, and what could prevent it from being brought up.

            The only conclusion I can come up with is one of you deleted my post only because you disagree with what I said. Which is very childish. If you disagree, you state your PoV and we have discussion. That is how this works.

            So, would you be kind enough to give me an explanation? I would prefer that explanation from the one who deleted my comment. Thanks!

          • M’iau M’iaut

            You made a far better point by noting Tom had already noted the sad fact the game just had not achieved sales success equal to its effort. It had nothing to do with folks ‘bitching’ on their website. Telling folks to ‘stfu’ brings nothing to the conversation, either. All that will do is feed fires that are best handled with discussion, not anger.

          • Pyrofrost

            XSeed having to constantly comfort people who are complaining (ie: bitching) about the time in localization has everything to do with MrTryant’s post….who I was replying to specifically.

            Also, the ‘stfu’ was general. It was not directed at anyone specifically as you make it seem. Which if people did, XSeed and fans would not have to constantly bring up the games size. This also was in reply to MrTyrant, and has everything to do with the excuse that he was speaking of.

            I wasn’t attacking him or anyone here: both “people bitching” and the “stfu” were general. The fact that my comment was deleted, and this explanation you give, makes it seem like I was attacking MrTyrant or users here.

            The comment really doesn’t matter to me now. I just don’t appreciate how this was handled. I don’t know how you chose to read what I said, but you evidently read it wrong.

            I will let this go now.

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Again, it wasn’t for attacking for any one person in particular. And was one post. Thinking before posting is the first thing we ask of everyone.

    • Alex

      I thought this was a prequel.

      • JazzyMan123

        Apparently that was a mistranslation.

      • Falcom never said that this was a prequel. As Jazzy said before, a lot of English-speaking news sites assumed it was because of a ‘war’ mentioned in it, and the only war really spoken about in FC is the Hundred Days War ten years prior to the series.

        There’s a lot more data that’s come up since that first game, and those who played the game know pretty much exactly what’s going to be featured when you say “Erebonian Kiseki game” because of the setup that’s gone through the other five titles.

        The only time period I can imagine this taking place is somewhere between the 6 months between SC and 3rd and the ending of Ao.

    • raymk

      Meh, I don’t think people care about confusion at this point, they just want to play the game. They can give us a summary in the artbook are in game if that’s all that’s stopping this from coming over.

      • JazzyMan123

        It really isn’t easy to summarize the plot of the games y’know. Ao had a little summary at the main menu that was hardly useful to those who jumped straight to Ao.

        Yes, “just want to play the game”, thus missing out on the whole point of the franchise. Everyone who has played the games in order disagrees on the whole “skip Sora/Zero/Ao plz!” (Yes, I’ve played them too).

        • raymk

          Read my post above. The point of games are to play games and the game still has a standalone story regardless of it being connected to the other games. Some of the jokes and things aren’t all that important to the overall game.

          Yes we’d miss some things but we’d miss them anyway because we aren’t likely to play anymore psp games in the U.S. Your able to play the games so you don’t have that problem but for those who can’t we’ll take something over nothing. We’ll make it work somehow and we can’t really miss something that we’ll never play, but the ps3 game can still be profitable years from now unlike the psp games.

          Also how many is everyone? Most english speaking people that can’t understand the language are just in favor of playing this game to playing nothing at all and from what I’ve read you aren’t one of those people.

          • JazzyMan123

            Hm, I should’ve been more clear, “everyone” who knows Japanese or Chinese (I know Chinese) have played these games.

            And your post is just proving my whole point of “missing the whole point the of the franchise”. I think Endless History already summed it up in her post above.

            In any event, a monkey with a typewriter has a better chance of producing a perfect reproduction of Foucault’s Pendulum through sheer randomness than we do of seeing Sen released in English before SC, The 3rd, Zero and Ao.

          • raymk

            You keep saying what the whole point is, but your reason for playing may not be mine. Like I said its not like I don’t want to know the story but I’d take this game over not playing any of them is the point i’m trying to make. Almost every game with a sequel has a continuing story and I really don’t feel I miss all that much by skipping either the first or second game.

          • JazzyMan123

            Well, I can see your point of skipping to this one but even if Sen “somehow” gets localized in English…’ll probably be 2020 since I’m sure all those companies out there are quite aware on the mountain-loads of text they would have to translate (if they picked them up) alongside not skipping the games.

      • The unfortunate thing with a series this detailed means that in giving summaries, the chances are super high that small hints / details will be missed. And to be honest, part of the fun of the series is trying to figure out what’s going to happen next.

        Nevertheless, there is a summary of Zero no Kiseki in Ao no Kiseki. A little ‘this is what happened before’ addition. People complained that it was too confusing and didn’t help at all if they played Ao before Zero.

        That’s the big problem with the series. It tends to assume that you know things that happened from the earlier games.

        Best example. By the time you’re in Zero and Ao, hearing the name ‘North Ambria’ will have certain significance to you. I imagine that you’ve played FC, right? What do you know about North Ambria?

        What about, “This incident is on the scale of what happened in North Ambria?” It doesn’t have any meaning to you, does it? But people familiar with the series would be stunned at such a thing. That’s what you’re running into with these games.

        Not only that… but the detailed explanation of what happened only ever comes to you via a side-quest. Not the main plot, and why would you ever detail the sidequests in a summary? What’s the worst part of this? This mentioned incident is one of the biggest mysteries of the series.

        • raymk

          Well the thing is I’ll take being confused over not playing anything at all. There’s more to the game than the past story or story in general like combat etc. We want the other games but due to them being on psp the only other one we have a chance of playing is zero no kiseki which is the one most people want anyway and its on vita. I also never said that it wasn’t important, but it doesn’t trump me wanting to play the game, I’ll live without knowing what happens if that’s the case.

          • “We want the other games but due to them being on psp”

            Falcom has said in press releases that they’re pushing to get the series released on PS3. FC and SC are already there, and I suspect that 3rd will be on it before the year is out.

            Also, the PSN versions of the games are all 100% compatible to the Vita. There’s no excuse at this point for them. Then there’s the fact that the first three games are also out on the PC, and that Chara-Ani said that if Zero Evolution did well enough, there would be an Ao no Kiseki Evolution as well- giving a chance for Ao to be on the Vita also.

            It’s not a single platform series, and if Falcom has any say (and this is completely unsurprising), the other two will not stay that way.

            Ao no Kiseki is 100% NOT recommended for people who have not played the games prior to it- this should be obvious because Falcom put a very short and very lacking summary in it. To my knowledge, it doesn’t even really go into some of the characters from the Sora trilogy that actually SHOW UP in Ao no Kiseki. They expected people to already be familiar with it and the writing is done to assume that.

            If you want to be able to play the game, then try to build interest in SC coming out here one way or another. Try to help build the hype for it. If there’s enough attention to it, and more people try to support XSEED’s efforts with the game through purchasing FC.

            Besides, you do realize that by skipping the rest of the games, you are skipping the game that ALL of the fans are saying is, without fail, the very best in the series. (That’s SC, if you need to ask.) –as much as I love the other games (and that my personal favorite title is 3rd), I still think SC is actually the very best of the games, gameplay-wise and story progression-wise. …though Ao no Kiseki is an extremely close second.

            Besides, the highlight of these games is their story. This is what Falcom prides themselves the most about it. By skipping most of the story, you’re really just not getting the point, and this seems to imply to me that the only reason you want to play Sen no Kiseki is just because it’s a fancier looking game, graphically. If all you really care about is the gameplay, just import the games and use a FAQ to play them.

          • raymk

            No I play for the story, but I wouldnt ever get to the story if I can’t play them now can I? I would import and use a faq if people made one, but that doesn’t always happen. I supported almost all the games that are released in english and if they do come to ps3 I’ll buy them. That said with the way exceed localizes games I’d be in my 30’s by the time they get to zero and 40 by the time this game comes out.

  • Zharkiel

    “The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash is slated to be released in 2013.”

    Not in america, never in america. Curse you PSP for dooming this series over here.

    • quasadra

      isn’t Sen a PS3 game? or have i got the wrong information?

      • MrTyrant

        Ps3 and Vita actually, read the first sentence.

        • quasadra

          ah, i see, thanks.

    • Jordan Coleman

      Why not in America? I’m sure Xseed would be interested They found away to be profitable with The Last Story and have a relationship with Falcom. Why would PSP’s sales effect a PS3 or Vita game?

      • Zharkiel

        Because as it has said, forget I’ve lost count of how many times has been said, you just can’t translate this and disregard 4 whole games before this. This is a very sequential series.

        I’m blaming the PSP’s low software sales for dooming this franchise’s future in NA, irrational maybe, but I need to blow some steam and point some fingers sometimes!

  • PABLO Rapetti Perez

    I know this is a repeated question, but there any chances of seeing Trails in the Sky for ps3 in english. This looks amazing and the saga as a whole, I would really love to play them. But I don’t have a psp sadly.

  • Sergio Macellaro

    No hope of Us release?
    No hope at alllll?!?!?!?

    • JazzyMan123

      There is!!!!…..for Chinese speakers that is.

  • Waka The Baka

    Lol at people thinking that this will come to Murrika (ʳ ´º㉨º)ʳ

    • raymk

      It will one day, in 2016 maybe.

  • Kai2591


  • They prefer to invest money on new games from the same serie but they don’t won’t to translate the sequel of Legend of hereoes trail in sky…

  • Alexander Aubert

    i guess i buy this 3 years from now

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