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At Taipei Game Show 2024, Nihon Falcom President, Toshihiro Kondo, alongside Clouded Leopard Entertainment announced some exciting news for fans of the Trails (Kiseki) series in the region. The latest title in the series, The Legend of Heroes: Kai no Kiseki -Farewell, O Zemuria- will release in Asia with support for Traditional Chinese and Korean text in 2024. Platforms have still not been announced for Kai no Kiseki, but this still great news nonetheless.

In addition to the announcement, various media outlets had a chance to interview Kondo-san at the event. A9VG was one of these outlets, and some interesting pieces of information came out of their interview with Kondo-san. The interview was fully translated by Hansuke and edited by Lanju.

The first piece of intriguing information involves the progress of the Trails series’ story. As many fans know, the Trails series is a long running franchise with a story that connects every title in the series. The series currently has 12 main titles released with the 13th one (Kai no Kiseki) scheduled to launch in 2024. A9VG asked Kondo-san how much Kai no Kiseki would progress the series’, and Kondo-san stated that the story would be at 90% following Kai no Kiseki‘s conclusion.

You can check out the translated excerpt from the interview below.

Do you know how much Kai No Kiseki will advance the story for the Kiseki series? Will Kai No Kiseki will be the final chapter of the Republic Arc?

Kondo: I’ve said before we probably reached about 70% by the end of Kuro No Kiseki II, at this particular point we probably culminate about 90% of the entire Kiseki series by the end of Kai No Kiseki, which will solve a lot of the mysteries surrounding the continent of Zemuria. Kai No Kiseki will also bring the end of the Republic Arc.

Later on, A9VG asked Kondo-san about where new players should start when it comes to the Trails (Kiseki) series, due to its huge story. Kondo-san mentioned that he’s aware of the issue new players face, but also stated that they are working something that can be used as an introduction to the series.

You can check out the translated excerpt from the interview below.

-The Kiseki series have become a huge overarching story, so is there any recommendation for newer players of which game to play first if they are getting into the series, or is it okay to start with Kai No Kiseki?

Kondo: It’s hard to answer that question, we didn’t say specifically which game of the Kiseki series would be the best to start with, you don’t have to start with the first one, and there’s a different approach to start the series halfway through. The Kiseki series has been going on for 20 years, and we are aware of this issue regarding newer players. In fact, we have already been preparing a new work that can be used as an introduction to the Kiseki series, but it cannot be revealed as of yet, and we hope to disclose it during the 20th anniversary of the Kiseki series, so we ask that players to please wait for a little while longer.

One of the few complaints I’ve had about the Trails series is that it is very long, meaning it’s more difficult for new fans to join in. It’s great to see Nihon Falcom is still thinking about the new players and not abandoning them, I’m interested in seeing what this work turns out to be.

This is only a few excerpts from Kondo-san’s interview with A9VG. You can check out the full translated interview HERE. You can also follow the translator, Hansuke, on their X page.

The Legend of Heroes: Kai no Kiseki -Farewell, O Zemuria- is scheduled to launch in Japan in 2024. Clouded Leopard Entertainment will also release the game in Asia in 2024.

How do you feel about the Trails (Kiseki) series’ story coming close to completion? What do you think that introductory work will be? Please let us know in the comments!

SOURCES: A9VG Interview, Translated Interview by Hansuke and Lanju

Patrick Aguda
Patrick is an avid fan of both video games and anime. He has been a fan of anime since his older sister introduced him to the genre when he was younger. He grew up watching shows such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Digimon Adventure, Gundam Wing, Dragon Ball Z, Tenchi Muyo and Yu Yu Hakusho. His favorite games include Persona 3 Portable, Steambot Chronicles and the .hack//G.U. trilogy. He strongly believes that Sinon, Maki and Mash are best girls.