The LEgend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki

Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo talked about The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki in a recent interview. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089.]

Here are highlights from the interview:

  • “It was previously announced that Hajimari is the beginning of the end as a restart that leads to the series conclusion. This wasn’t just a message for the fans but one for the staff as well.”
  • “This time it’s not about working along plans as we’ve done until now, but story and systems are just some of the new things that we must think of.”
  • “The story of Hajimari is also a grand prologue. We’re aiming to make it a hub that connects to all the series up until now.”
  • “For this reason, we’ll work with things we couldn’t fit into past titles like Crossbell’s independence, or countries and areas that were only mentioned by name.”
  • “We also plan to show what happened after the Calvard presidential election.”
  • “There’s an after-story for the characters that appeared in Erebonia.”
  • “There’s the main scenario featuring the three protagonists. There are also flashback-like episode scenarios. The main scenario volume is about 70 to 80 percent of Trails of Cold Steel IV.”
  • “You’ll form parties of five to six characters on venture all the places. We’ve also prepared a new system for transportation.”
  • “The battle pace doesn’t change much from the Trails of Cold Steel series, but battle strategies are different thanks to new character Crafts.”
  • “There’s a full-blown Magical Alisa shooting game. You can also enjoy story elements.”
  • “The girl carrying the plush is basically “3 to 9” (Name of books that appear in Trails of Cold Steel IV).”
  • “There’s a character who’ll act as the backbone to what ties together next.”
  • “We have another development line already working on what’s after The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki. It might have cooperative elements.
  • “I hope to finish it before my time for retirement arrives (laughs).”
  • “The game engine for Hajimari is fundamentally the same as The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV. The next series that is simultaneously in the works will use a new engine. Everything including the graphics has evolved considerably. We can’t show anything yet but I personally want to show it as soon as possible. And of course, Hajimari no Kiseki has evolved from Trails of Cold Steel IV.”
  • “For Ao/Zero no Kiseki on PS4, it would be difficult for a save data bonus from PSP. We’re thinking about having something with Hajimari.
  • “The feedback we got from Ys IX: Monstrum Nox‘s motion capture tech is implemented.”

The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki releases for PlayStation 4 in Japan in Summer 2020. Check out the game’s first screenshots and details in our previous report.

Sato
Gamer, avid hockey fan, and firm believer in the heart of the cards. Editor-in-Chief @Siliconera

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