Nihon Falcom Unveils The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki Details, Media
As part of its fortieth anniversary celebrations, Nihon Falcom launched its official website for The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki, providing plenty of details on the game. Kuro no Kiseki takes place a year after the events of the previous title, Hajimari no Kiseki, and two years after the events of Trails of Cold Steel III and Trails of Cold Steel IV.
Kuro no Kiseki is set in the diverse Calvard Republic, the eastern neighbour and superpower rival to the Erebonian Empire. Calvard was a kingdom until around a hundred years prior but became a republic following a democratic revolution. It is currently undergoing an economic boom following the resolution of recent events involving Erebonia and the city-state of Crossbell. Calvard’s capital city Edith is the largest metropolis on the continent of Zemuria.
Calvard is the leader in orbal vehicle production, so vehicles are a common sight in Edith, which is the first city to have traffic lights. It is also the first city to have a subway system. Calvard has its own underground for-hire group known as Spriggans. While the police and the Bracer Guild deal with jobs in the public eye, Spriggans deal with jobs that the intelligence division would prefer to keep quiet, including acting as detectives, negotiators, or bounty hunters.
24-year-old protagonist Van Arkride is a Spriggan who primarily operates in Edith’s old town. He usually comes off as dry, though is sincere and became a Spriggan largely by coincidence. Agnes Claudel is a student at the prestigious Aramis High School and a member of its student council. After an orbment left by her great-grandfather is stolen, she hires Van to look into its theft rather than going to the police or Bracer Guild.
Feri Al-Fayed is a 13-year-old member of the Kurgha Soldiers jaeger corps. While experienced in combat, she is unused to daily life in a city. She is investigating the disappearance of another jaeger corps that she previously worked with and looks to get into contact with Calvard’s Spriggans for their assistance. Finally, 19-year-old Aaron Wei is a playboy who is the leader of a group of youths in Edith’s Easterner Quarter. He is a master of the Moon Flower martial arts style and is sought to become an executive for the powerful Heiyue syndicate, but doesn’t show any interest in joining.
Kuro no Kiseki introduces a new battle system, which seamlessly transitions between the field and combat. Upon encountering an enemy, players enter into real-time action combat, during which they control a single party member. Players can switch which character they are controlling and use combos and evasive moves.
By using the Xipha combat orbment, players can switch to the command-based system similar to previous titles. This features the usual attack, crafts, arts, and items options, with the seven elements of the series also returning (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Time, Space, and Mirage). The Xipha orbment can also provide temporary boosts, as well as additional attacks when other characters are nearby.
The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is set to be released in Japan in 2021. Platforms have not yet been announced.
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