[Spoiler Alert!] Sen no Kiseki II Storefront PV Available on Youtube

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Sen no Kiseki II’s storefront trailer that’s been sent to the various Sofmap stores has now surfaced on youtube.

AS A WARNING, IT SPOILS SEN NO KISEKI’S ENDING. PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT.

Per @Hatsuu: “Winter 2013 is Over!” – Trails in the Sky FC for Steam and GOG on 7/29

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Oh, Hatsuu- never change, please. :)

As you can see, Trails in the Sky FC will be released to Steam and GOG on 7/29. It will have every feature from the PSP version implemented into it, save for the Monster Manual. But this will be a feature added in at a later date.

The game will be $19.99, and for its first week, it will be 15% off.

Hatsuu will be posting a blog later that explains all the technical hurdles that had to be undertaken to get this game onto Steam. If you had been seeing anything from XSEED regarding this, there were unexpected issues all over the place, and this is what caused the delay in the first place.

[ Trails in the Sky FC Steam Page ]

Translated Notes from Comments from Toshihiro Kondo at the Chinese Sen no Kiseki Event

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Many thanks to @Lorianna_Yui for assistance with this Chinese to English translation!

There are Kiseki series spoilers in this. I will mark some of the questions under the spoiler tags.

Information Regarding Sen no Kiseki II

1. The script volume is 1.5 times that of Sen no Kiseki (there are also sayings that it’s 1.5 times more on top of the volume of Sen no Kiseki).

2. Right now, there are no plans to have a Sen no Kiseki III. However, the story for Sen II is supposedly has a really big impact.

3. Crow and Lechter.


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4. There will be content related to a door presented in Sora no Kiseki the 3rd, specifically related to the plans to improve people.

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5. Laura’s middle name includes an S, which hides a lot of information, presenting a side that the development team wanted.

6. The ties between Sen no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki are very close. Sen II will contain some story related to what happens after Ao. It will contain scenes from previous titles that would shock people.

7. Ao Ending Comments.


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8. Ao no Kiseki mentioned the Grals Ritter working in the empire. Everyone can see what this work is in Sen II. (Carnelia!)

9. Olivier spoilers.


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10. Regarding the conclusion of the Kiseki series. There is still no clear ending at this point. There is only a general direction. There is still a lot of work to get the story told before a conclusion can be made. Falcom is working hard to bring the game to a point where it can be concluded before Falcom’s president plans to die. So those 25 years old and under can reasonably expect to see an ending in their lifetime.

11. Regarding the new developments and plans for the PS4 We’ve already received the PS4 development machine. We’ve discovered that the development for the PS4 is very easy, but there are currently no plans for PS4 game development.

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12. Kondo-shachou’s favorite chara in Sen is Jusis because of the attitude regarding his personal situation. It’ll be developed a little more in Sen II.

13. Kondo expressed that the development of the NPCs in the games are based off his own friends. Also, some inspirations were taken from songs he liked. For example, Anton is based off one of his friends who is rather annoying. One of the people in Falcom is the model for one of the other NPCs.

14. Regarding the development for Calvard. A lot of the people are described as “Eastern”. This has basis in things from China. For example, Heiyue is based off the mafias in Hong Kong.

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15. The hostess on A9VG looks a lot like Grace from Zero and Ao…(why is this even asked?)

16. Looking at JRPG development in general, although the PS4 is a very strong machine. It is best for creating a great RPG to stick to a great plot (let’s stay on the PS3).

[ Baidu Post Regarding the Event ]

Translated A9VG.com Sen no Kiseki II Interview with Toshihiro Kondo

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This is slightly delayed in info, as it was from a few months ago.

Many thanks to Jason Liu for translating this article from Chinese!

There are some Kiseki series spoilers in this article- primarily on the identity of one influencial character in Sen, Ao’s ending, and some various organizational information.

About Toshihiro Kondo
Mr. Kondo liked video games ever since he was a child, and the first time he’s had the idea of making a game was back in the second grade of elementary school. Even though he graduated university with a bachelors degree in economics, he still wanted to work in a video game company. Mr. Kondo has been a great fan of Falcom since his university days. When internet first became accessible to the general population, Mr. Kondo created a fansite of the third entry in the Legend of Heroes series, White Witch. Through the fansite, Mr. Kondo communicated with fans like himself, started meeting each other in real life, and sometimes held events at rented locations, all of which created a chance for him to enter Nihon Falcom later on. Mr. Kondo recalls about when he first got a job at Falcom, he thought his job would only be financial management. However, one day the company suddenly asked him to write an extra scenario for White Witch. Back then, he didn’t understand how to write scenarios or stories, but he had previous interactions with the fans of the game, which helped him greatly in writing the scenario. A week later, he miraculously completed this seemingly impossible task. This would provide him with further experiences down the road, and eventually, he became what he is today.

From ‘fan’ to ‘president’, Kondo’s journey to such a prestigious position may seem to be easy. He himself believes that hard work and determination is what got him here, and while not all efforts will be repaid success, nobody should stop chasing their dreams just because they don’t understand and/or aren’t willing try.


Those who brought about the success in this cooperative effort are the fans who constantly sent Falcom their wishes to have the games localized. The players’ enthusiasm for a localization is heart warming, to the point of offering to help with the Chinese localization for free. Even though Falcom wanted to answer to the players’ expectations, the company does not have the resources to do so due to constantly being in development. As such, every time such requests are received, there would be hesitation. Coincidentally, Sony Computer Entertainment Asia was planning to localize games in order to influence the Chinese game market, so during the Taipei Game Show, talks were held between Falcom and SCE and both sides agreed to a localization project, leading to the current situation.

Many players have asked if the Ys series is going to receive an Asian localization. This would all depend on sales, so please support the Asian releases of Sen no Kiseki.

Here is some other information that addresses concerns that gamers have regarding the localization of Sen no Kiseki:

* The Chinese and Japanese versions share the same save file and trophies
* Regarding the DLC costumes purchased for Sen no Kiseki. It is currently unconfirmed whether they will be usable in Sen no Kiseki II. There are discussions going on inside the company with the hopes that they will carry over to the sequel.
* Concerning the bugs and the loading time problems faced by the Playstation Vita version of the game: these have been fixed through various patches and the Chinese versions will have a few other optimizations compared to the Japanese version.
* The limited edition is the same as the Japanese version with the drama CD included.
* The translation is already complete at the writing of this article. They are currently engaged in QC process.


From Sora to Sen

Falcom is currently not considering on remaking the original Sora no Kiseki trilogy at this time. During the development of Sora no Kiseki, the story itself had been changed many times. When Falcom first started on it, it felt like it was a bit forced to use a female protagonist. However, they decided that they wanted do something new and revolutionary since we all have just left the world of the Gagharv Trilogy and entered the Zemuria Continent with a new graphics engine- this is why they decided on a female protagonist. There was also some consideration on abandoning the idea midway through development and change to a male protagonist, but that meant changing Joshua into a female assassin sent by the Ouroboros. After many discussions between the employees, Falcom decided to keep with the original plan, which gave us the classic we have today. Joshua cross dressing is also a nod back to the original plan- and it turned out to be surprisingly popular.

As we saw an OVA series for Sora no Kiseki, will we have a chance to see more animated projects for it in the future? Falcom can’t make this decision alone, but also with other animation studios, and more importantly, if the players want to see another animated release.

Regarding Zero and Ao no Kiseki Evolution, as they’re sold by Kadokawa Shoten, we’re not able to answer questions about the two games. However, we’ve accidentally learned from Falcom that in the setting of Zero and Ao no Kiseki, Crossbell is actually stemmed from the Japanese view of Hong Kong. There shouldn’t be another need for gaiden game like Sora no Kiseki the 3rd after Ao no Kiseki, since there is some overlap with the timelines for Zero and Ao no Kiseki. Not to mention that in Ao no Kiseki’s ending, Crossbell is shown as having been invaded by the empire. What happens to Crossbell after Ao? We should be finding out soon.

While Sen no Kiseki II isn’t the end of the series, there will be a shocking conclusion waiting for the players. Falcom has been successively announcing new information on Sen no Kiseki II, such as new characters and maps. Whether we’ll see the previous protagonists of the Kiseki series, it wouldn’t be a surprise if we announced it now, so please wait for more information on the story.


Q and A

Q: How do you feel about the Kiseki series?
A: Even though we don’t have a clear idea of how the ending is going to play out, we are working towards a general direction. Everyone at Falcom, including [Toshihiro Kondo], don’t want to end this too quickly. However, in order to make preparations for the grand finale, there are a lot of other ‘blanks’ to fill as through these other experiences.

Due to the size of the setting, there are a lot of new players being pulled in along the way. The average age of the Sora no Kiseki players are between 25 and 30 years old. However, the players that were brought into the series at Sen no Kiseki are about 15 to 19 years old. They love discussing the games and they feel like they can related more since the main characters are all students.

Many of the players that started with Sen have been going back to revisit the earlier games in the series as well. No matter which direction this series takes in the future, we will keep the unique nature of the series while trying to attract new users at the same time.

Q: How do you feel about the Ys series?
A: The Ys series is Falcom’s older ‘specialty’ series. The Kiseki series catching up is something that was completely unexpected for us, but we’re planning for it to be more challenging than the Kiseki series, and we’ll work hard towards that!

Q: How do you feel about the PS4?
A: For the sake of keeping the Kiseki series accessible to all of its players, there are no plans to go to the PS4 at this time. Not only that, but switching to a new platform will take more time as well. Please be patient, since it will come along some day.

Q: What about the Calvard Republic?
A: There has been a lot of interest expressed by the players in seeing a chapter set in the Republic. From the very beginning, characters from there have made appearances in the games- like Zin [Zane] and Kirika in Sora no Kiseki, and the super popular Rixia from Zero and Ao. These characters have been popular with the players, so we feel that we need to tell this country’s story. The only problem is that while we’re interested in this, we currently have no plans drafted for Calvard. The Republic is an eastern influenced nation, so it is very similar in terms of its setting, so… Oops, I almost said too much there. [Note: The translator noted that the 'no plans' for Calvard is probably a lie- which has been pointed out in the article, as well.]

Q: Speaking of Kirika, is she Angelica’s mentor?
A: Hmm, who knows? Probably?

Q: What about Alteria?
A: Even after 3rd, Zero, and Ao, both the City-State and the Grals Ritter remain a mystery. Do we have a story planned for Alteria? The people related to Class VII are all connected to some major organization or group, so would there be anyone there that is connected to the Grals Ritter?

As we solidify the tale of the Zemurian continent, the influence of each organization is an absolute must. A member of the Grals Ritter did mention the Empire back in Ao no Kiseki, so stay tuned for more information on it.

Q: How come Prince Olivert doesn’t possess the right to succeed the throne? The right lies with Cedric who’s much younger than him. Is it because there is nobody else to succeed the throne?

A: The main reason is because Olivert’s mother was a commoner. Everyone should have some knowledge on Erebonian society after playing Sen. Of course, Olivert is an important character who’s been in the series since the beginning, and we will definitely flesh out his character in the future, so please keep your eyes peeled.

Q: Who is the [Kondo's] favorite character? Will this character get more screen time in the future?
A: My favorite character comes from the four great noble families of the Empire. To be honest, when we first started designing this character, nobody liked him. However, when the story began to come together and character was more fleshed out, we finally realized how attractive this character is, especially when taking his secret into consideration. Of course, as a member of Class VII in Sen II, he will have a lot of scenes, but I won’t give him any special treatment *laugh*. [Note: Easily assumed that it's Jusis at this point!]

Q: Will Sen II finally conclude the Phantom Blaze project? Will there be a Sen III after Sen II?
A: At the moment, we are not planning a Sen III, but the ending of Sen II will be a shocking one. Not to mention Sen II will also be continuing where Ao left off. In terms of the story, it is definitely going to draw the attention of the players. “What in the world happened?”, so please look forward to it.

[ Interview on A9vg.com (Chinese) ] (This interview has since been removed, unfortunately.)

New and Returning Sen no Kiseki II Characters Revealed in Magazines for 7/10/2014 – Page Updates for 7/10 and 7/17

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Many thanks to @exeforce87 for the scans!

Note: Due to the delays on getting this article out, I’m kind of mixing it with the past two weeks’ website updates as well. So it’s pulling information from the Dengeki, Famitsu, and Falcom’s website updates.

As this is a long article, I’m pulling it underneath the cut.

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Gurumin Up For Greenlight on Steam

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Gurumin, Falcom’s wild comedy ‘drill adventure’ game, is finally coming to Steam. Currently, it is a greenlight title, but if we spread the word, we can drum up enough interest to show that fans want more Falcom games on the digital storefront.

The game, ported to the PSP in Japan in 2006, and in North America in 2007 was originally released on PC in 2004. The PSP version featured a slightly different combat engine over the original PC version- though the game was primarily unchanged. However, ten years later, the opportunity for the title to be released on Steam has come.

Please see the Steam website for it, and vote!

Many thanks to @PixyJunket for the heads up on this!

EDIT: If you vote Yes for it, and sign up for the Gurumin group with a message that you voted yes, if the game gets greenlit, you will be able to receive a copy for free.

[ Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure - Steam Greenlight ]

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