NewsPlayStation 4PlayStation 5

Toshihiro Kondo Teases Kuro no Kiseki II Gameplay and Story Elements

Van fighting with Elaine in Kuro no Kiseki II

The latest issue of Famitsu has a lengthy interview about The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II with Toshihiro Kondo. The president of Nihon Falcom revealed a general summary of gameplay features that his team will work on for the upcoming Kuro no Kiseki II. He also teased the significance of showing the pairing between Elaine Auclair and the Kuro series protagonist Van Arkride in the initial reveal. [Thanks, Ryokutya!]

Here are the highlights from Famitsu‘s interview with Toshihiro Kondo about Kuro no Kiseki II:

  • “I’m thinking about improving the Orbment customization system.”
  • Kuro almost did not touch any mystery that would go through the series. It will begin moving from the sequel.”
  • “I wanted to enable vehicle customization, but we gave up on that.”
  • “People felt it was difficult to grasp the structure of Shard Skills, so it will be our homework in the future.”
  • Crimson Sin does not have the same meaning as [Hideaki Anno’s] Shin movies. If that were the case, I would have titled it Shin Kuro no Kiseki.” (laughs)
  • “The current logo is provisional. We could not make it in time.” (laughs)
  • “There is a meaning in us revealing the Van and Elaine pairing early. But it does not mean double protagonists — Van is still the only protagonist.”
  • “Not even a whole year has passed from the prequel.”
  • “The clue to the core mystery in the Kiseki (Trails) series will come out. It will be a brand-new concept that we had never depicted before.”
  • “The mystery related to The Greatest Treasure will start moving.”
  • “We are retaining the battle system. But there are still some more things we want to do, so we will evolve it.”
  • “Even though it takes place inside the Republic, the prequel did not depict everything.”
  • “We retain the methods to progress through the game, but we will also try out some rather irregular things.”
  • “The Alignment System will still appear here.”
  • “We plan to implement mini-games and novels. Gourmet stuff is also under deliberation. I also want to do save data linkage.”

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II – Crimson Sin will release in Japan for PlayStation 4 and 5 in Fall 2022.

Kite Stenbuck
An avid gamer who learned the Japanese language mostly by playing Japanese games. Especially enjoys Dynasty Warriors, Ace Combat, and Gundam a lot.