[Administration] Extended Hiatus

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This is something I’ve been fighting for awhile, on and off, as I’m sure anyone who’s seen my personal twitter can attest to.

And this is, most definitely, not something I’ve wanted to do. (And certainly don’t want my readers to have to suffer from a news site notorious for its poor translations! I’m sorry!)

However, my life has been chaotic with my job hunt, apartment hunt, a number of personal projects and so forth, that it’s gotten to where I can’t put a lot of focus on here for the time being. This is a break that I feel that I need, and something that will help me come back to this site with rest and the proper attitudes to complete it. And perhaps some new changes that I’ve been mulling over, but not having had the time to fully implement yet.

I will still report what I can on twitter. You can find me there as @EndlessHistory.

And somehow, this can be anything from two weeks to two or three months. I just need to get myself sorted, and get everything else handled. I am very, very very sorry that it had to come this way. I just want to be able to serve the fan community I love in a far better capacity than I have of late. The first step to do that is that I need to take a break, and get everything else in order.

Once this is said and done, I’ll happily do what I can to jump back into the fray! I promise that I will miss everyone and writing on here and stuff, and I hope that people are willing to stick around and wait for me to get my life back in gear.

Thank you all for your support and everything you have done for me so far! I don’t think I can show enough appreciation to you in words alone, and hope that I can make up for this in the future.

Trails of Cold Steel for Release to PS3 and PSVita in Fall 2015

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Today, XSEED Games has announced that they will be localizing The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki as ‘The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel’ to North America in 2015.

Here is the data from the press release:

[Platform: PS3™ system, PS VITA; Release: Fall 2015] – Revealed for the first time in North America, this RPG adventure from Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed The Legend of Heroes franchise, known in Japan as Sen no Kiseki, improves on the series’ formula and features an expertly told storyline that both longtime Trails veterans and newcomers alike can enjoy equally. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel is the first game in the series to tread Erebonian soil and explore the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned powerhouse in detail. With a standalone story that also delves into the expansive lore that has become synonymous with the series, players take on the role of military students at a time of great turmoil, enjoying school life and bonding with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, then utilizing those abilities via speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system. Best of all, this epic storyline can be unraveled either from home or on the go with Cross-Save functionality between the game’s PS Vita and PS3 editions.

Sen no Kiseki is the sixth game of the Kiseki series, which means that XSEED Games is skipping 3rd, Zero no Kiseki, and Ao no Kiseki. Information as to why is currently unknown, but there has been a promise that we will all learn as to why once the XSEED Games blog is updated.

Editor’s Note

I will admit that I was caught flat footed, and was beautifully trolled (you have plenty to be proud of, Miss Hatsuu!!) regarding this information. I am pleasantly surprised with it, and am definitely excited to see what XSEED Games does with it for its release.

Falcom Weekly Special – Week of 6/1/2015 – Sen no Kiseki Game (PS3) and CD Set

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The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki (PlayStation 3 the Best) (Originally for 2800 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki Super Arrange Version (Originally for 2500 yen)
Falcom Magazine 2015 vol 2 (Not for Sale)
Falcom Character Bisco Vol 2 (Not for Sale)

The total retail cost of this set is 5300 yen. The special price is –> 3,000 yen!

This order is good until 6/7, or until 20 orders have been made.

Order # 2722 (977 + M079)

[ Falcom Online Store – Special Sales ]

New LINE Stamp Set – Vol. 11 – Kiseki

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Falcom has released a new LINE stamp set. This one features many Kiseki characters with various messages- or some without messages. You can purchase this sticker set for 50 coins.

I can confirm that it’s available for LINE users in the US, but I don’t have any confirmation for other users in other nations. If you run into any issues let me know so I can add it into the article.

[ Falcom Mobile – LINE Stamps ]

Sen no Kiseki Scenario Book Announced for Release on 6/19/2015

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Falcom has posted that the Sen no Kiseki Scenario Book will go on sale in June. They have opened preorders for it on their site. The data for the book follows:

Falcom Shop Product Number: B117
Pages: A5 – 704 pages
ISBN: 978-4-7753-1318-3
Publisher: Shikigensha
Release Date: 6/19/2015
Price: 2700 yen

This is the next book of the scenario book series, containing the game scripts for each of the Kiseki titles. This book will contain the text from the main scenario, side quests, and the character bond events throughout the game.

[ Falcom Online Shop Product Page ]

[Editorial] Regarding Suspicious Retail Listings

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Once upon a time, my best friend would call me the ‘crusher of hopes and dreams.’ It’s almost like Dogi and walls, but makes the world a little more sad sometimes. This is because I try to provide a realistic view of things, and I would like to take a moment and give people that chance now.

Yes, this is absolutely prompted by the listings on GAMES.es regarding ‘Trails of Cold Steel.’

Let me start by pointing out the glaringly obvious thing- this is the fact that GAMES.es is showing ‘NAMCO’ as the publisher… yet back in January, the name was found having been registered by XSEED Games.

“But what about European publishers?” You may ask. Or what about the fact that GAMES.es seems to use NAMCO as a place holder publisher. Sure, I’ll give you both of those.

But let’s look at XSEED Games again, since our only piece of real evidence comes from the registered domain- and let’s just assume that it’s Sen no Kiseki, because we need to remember that XSEED has yet to give any response to confirm or deny this speculation as well!

We know that XSEED Games is currently working on Trails in the Sky SC for release for Steam and PSP, as they’ve tweeted about it. We can also look back at how long it took XSEED to release FC, and it was about a year and a half of work. SC has been well over three years’ worth. And at this point, it’s just been a year and a half since Sen no Kiseki’s release.


To think that we’ve not had a single hint or clue or announcement from XSEED themselves and the game is expected for release in October is kind of wild. Especially if they have had resources tied into SC of late, which I can promise has been happening. Any chance of XSEED releasing Sen no Kiseki in English at all in 2015 is simply setting up unrealistic expectations. I think it’s very important that people remember that.

Besides, it’s not outside of the realm that it’s just a retailer trying to draw attention for a preorder. Amazon most certainly has done it before.

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As linked above, Amazon has had- and still has- the Last Guardian up for preorder for the PS3. This game was announced at E3 six years ago, and we have yet to see any hint of a release for it, due to internal issues with Sony, Fumito Ueda, and the game’s development. Amazon, yet, continues to give people some hope. Despite the repeated incidents of rumored cancellations and Sony squashing them, that preorder remains valid on Amazon’s site as they dutifully change the release date each year. Retailers make these connections in hopes to keep customers and gauge interest in possible future titles.

This, to me, doesn’t mean confirmation of a game’s release at all. In fact, XSEED has said this on multiple times that the only time you should trust a release date from them is when they themselves announce it.

If you want my personal opinion, I think it’s for the best if people sit back and not let their own excitement get the better of them right now. I can promise it would only lead to disappointment in the likely event that the game isn’t even announced come October, let alone released. It’s most definitely not enough evidence to warrant me adding a ‘Trails of Cold Steel’ tag here anyway.

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