[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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New LINE Stamp Set – Vol 10: “Sora no Kiseki”

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Falcom has released a new LINE stamp set. This one features many characters from the original Sora no Kiseki trilogy. 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 ]

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Falcom Weekly Special – Week of 5/25/2015 – PS Vita Sen no Kiseki Game and Guide Set

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The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki (Playstation Vita the Best) (Originally for 2800 yen)
The Legend of Heroes Sen no Kiseki the Complete Guide (Originally for 1700 yen)
Falcom Magazine 2015 vol 2 (Not for Sale)
Falcom Chara Bisco (Not for Sale)

The total retail cost of this set is 4500 yen. The special price is –> 3,000 yen!

This order is good until 5/31, or until 20 orders have been made.

Order # 2721.

[ Falcom Online Store – Special Sales ]

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Kiseki Extravaganza in Today’s Falcom Daily Special (5/22/2015)

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Once in awhile, Falcom drops a giant special in their daily specials. Today is one of those. I don’t normally report on the daily specials because of how limited they are and how short the sales tend to be. So this will probably only last for a short while! There are only 20 orders available, and it is good until midnight 5/24 (Japan time, of course).

This special contains 43,160 yen worth of CDs and books for the Kiseki series.

CDs Include
Sora no Kiseki FC Original Soundtrack (Item # M034) (Originally 2980 yen)
Sora no Kiseki SC Original Soundtrack (Item # M039) (Originally 2980 yen)
Sora no Kiseki the 3rd Original Soundtrack (Item # M046) (Originally 2980 yen)
Zero no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Item # M054) (Originally 2980 yen)
Ao no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Item # M064) (Originally 2980 yen)
Nayuta no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Item # M067) (Originally 2980 yen)
Sen no Kiseki Original Soundtrack (Item # M078) (Originally 3900 yen)
Sen no Kiseki II Original Soundtrack (Item # M082) (Originally 2980 yen)

Books Include
Sora no Kiseki FC Scenario Book (Item # B49) (Originally 2000 yen)
Sora no Kiseki SC Scenario Book (Item # B58) (Originally 2300 yen)
Sora no Kiseki the 3rd Scenario Book (Item # B67) (Originally 2200 yen)
Zero no Kiseki Scenario Book (Item # B103) (Originally 2600 yen)
Ao no Kiseki Scenario Book (Item # B113) (Originally 2700 yen)
Kiseki Series 10th Anniversary Commemorative Book (Item # B111) (Originally 2800 yen)
Sen no Kiseki Visual Collection (Item # B98) (Originally 2000 yen)
Sen no Kiseki II Visual Collection (Item # B114) (Originally 1800 yen)

This will also have the latest Falcom Magazine 2015 (volume 2), and randomly selected Kiseki goods!

Remember, time is extremely limited on this, and if you are planning to order internationally, the sale process takes a little longer. Please also note that with the amount of books, shipping is likely to be high- especially with this being shipped EMS.

On the other hand, a little less than half off for everything in the list above? That sounds like it would be a great deal!

[ Falcom Online Shop – Specials and Sales ]

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Falcom Weekly Special – Week of 5/18/2015 – Ys Origin and Ys Zanmai Set

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Ys Origin (Windows 8 Version) (Originally for 3200 yen)
Ys Zanmai (Originally for 2000 yen)
Falcom Magazine 2015 vol. 2 (not for sale)

The total retail cost of this set is 5200 yen. The special price is –> 3,400 yen!

This order is good until 5/24, or until 20 orders have been made.

Order # 2720 (954 + M070)

[ Falcom Online Store – Special Sales ]

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Ys IV J.D.K. Special – The Dawn of Ys Now Available Digitally on Amazon

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Falcom has released one of the Dawn of Ys albums on Amazon.

As always, the links in this article are for Amazon.com, but as Falcom is making these available on multiple regions of Amazon (by posting them on Amazon.co.jp), if you can’t purchase digital albums from the US site, then check your own region- they may be available there as well.

These albums are also available on iTunes, music.jp, mora, and animelo mix.

The album is available for $5.99, or $.99 per track.

You can purchase the album here, though if you wish to support my site at no cost to yourself, please use this link instead.

Track List behind the cut!

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