Falcom Plans to Develop on Switch, New Kiseki Trails Game in 2022

Nihon Falcom printed on November 11 its newest financials, for its September 2020 to September 2021 fiscal yr, revealing within the course of a foray into Nintendo Swap growth, and the way it will launch the following Kiseki / Trails recreation by the top of September 2022.

What’s the newest Kiseki (Trails) recreation in Japan?

The newest recreation within the long-running JRPG Trails / Kiseki series is The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki, launched in Japan on PS4 on September 30, 2021. The sport begins the brand new Calvard arc and follows The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki, launched on PS4 and PS5 on August 27, 2020, in Japan and Asia.

Hajimari no Kiseki is coming to the West in 2023 beneath the title The Legend of Heroes: Trails Into Reverie, on PS4, Swap, and PC by way of Steam, Epic Video games Retailer, and GOG – An English dub was additionally confirmed.

Proper after the launch of Kuro no Kiseki, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo talked about in Famitsu magazine that the Calvard arc will most likely be greater than two video games, and that the following recreation was already in growth – now we all know it’ll be launched earlier than September 2022. Likely within the final week of September seeing that’s when Falcom at all times launches its video games. (The one exception in years being Hajimari).

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie – Trailer



The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie – Trailer





In addition to the following Kiseki recreation getting launched by September 2022, Nihon Falcom additionally talked about in its financials plans to begin in-house growth of video games on Nintendo Swap (Because of Game’s Talk for pointing it out).

Falcom additionally talked about the Kiseki collection has now offered over 6 million copies worldwide, and the way it plans to maintain growing its IPs outdoors Japan in North America, Europe and Asia, on consoles, cellular and PC.

Prior to now, Falcom was a PC developer, and would not often make their very own console ports – Proper now, Falcom is a PlayStation solely developer. All of the PC and Swap variations of Falcom video games are dealt with by outdoors firms throughout the localization course of. NIS America within the West, and Clouded Leopard Leisure in Asia.

Falcom growing on Swap from the get-go means greater gross sales for its video games, as future Kiseki, Ys, and different video games will likely be launched concurrently on PlayStation and Swap from the beginning. Swap is by far the largest console in Japan, (although it doesn’t even examine with the cellular market.)

The financials additionally identified the Ys motion JRPG collection that includes Adol Christin will rejoice its thirty fifth anniversary in 2022. In 2019, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo teased a remake of Ys V, and in addition talked about in 2020 that the following Ys recreation is in development. Nevertheless, seeing Falcom normally solely releases one new recreation a yr, it’s unlikely we’ll see an Ys recreation releasing in 2022 when a Kiseki recreation acquired confirmed already.

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – Launch Trailer



Ys IX: Monstrum Nox – Launch Trailer





Is Kuro no Kiseki 2 the brand new Trails 2022 recreation?

It’s all however formally confirmed the following recreation releasing in 2022 will likely be titled Kuro no Kiseki 2. It needs to be announed on the Falcom shareholders assembly in December 2021.It’s all however formally confirmed the following recreation releasing in 2022 will likely be titled Kuro no Kiseki 2.

Kuro no Kiseki was formally revealed on December 17, 2020, after over a yr of teasing. Again then, Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo mentioned in a Famitsu magazine interview that if Kuro no Kiseki doesn’t promote, the Calvard arc would proceed anyway however beneath a unique title and angle.

President Kondo was apprehensive again then. Seeing Kuro no Kiseki is a giant problem attempting to fulfill older followers whereas welcoming in newcomers. Having performed a little bit of Kuro no Kiseki myself, the sport is unquestionably phenomenal when in comparison with previous video games by way of screenplay and graphics, due to the brand new engine. Which is unquestionably interesting for newcomers.

Furthermore, whereas the battle system was overhauled with a number of modifications, it’s nonetheless the identical turn-based battle system. The motion battle system is only a bonus on high. That is very true when contemplating boss battles are solely in turn-based mode. I personally imagine any older fan of the collection ought to like Kuro.

A Model 1.10 replace on October 28 of Kuro no Kiseki additionally added 60 FPS help on PS5 and a free demo of over ten hours was additionally launched, so you possibly can inform every little thing is made to herald new followers. Nevertheless, trying on the gross sales numbers for Kuro no Kiseki, it’s arduous to inform whether or not it succeeded in doing that or not.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki gross sales numbers

Kuro no Kiseki offered 58,391 bodily copies as of October 17, 2021, in response to Famitsu sales numbers. That is a lot decrease than the primary week bodily gross sales for Hajimari: 83,680 copies offered, and for Chilly Metal IV: 85,161 copies offered.

Nevertheless, numbers ought to undoubtedly be greater with digital gross sales, particularly with the pandemic, however there may be sadly no information on digital gross sales.

Falcom hasn’t formally revealed any gross sales numbers for Kuro no Kiseki but both. It’s doubtless we can have an announcement as soon as Kuro no Kiseki reaches 1000,000 copies offered, so it’s protected to imagine it hasn’t reached that time but.

Furthermore, as followers of the collection identified on Twitter, it’s necessary to notice that Famitsu reported that in its first week, Kuro no Kiseki offered by over 85% of its bodily inventory .This implies Falcom undoubtedly anticipated these low numbers. So I wouldn’t name Kuro no Kiseki a failure.

I’m certain anybody who learn this far within the first place already is aware of who C is anyhow however I spoilered it simply in case

One more reason behind the low gross sales is how Kuro no Kiseki, beginning the brand new Calvard arc, is since 2011 the primary recreation with out Rean as (one among) its protagonist. And Rean is actually the preferred character of the Kiseki franchise in Japan. Even when Kuro protagonist Van is an unimaginable combine between Battler from Umineko and Gintoki from Gintama, the protagonist and character modifications is likely one of the large causes for the gross sales drop.

Furthermore, Kuro no Kiseki may even be launched in Asia with a Chinese language and Korean model by Clouded Leopard coming in February 10, 2022. Which will certainly assist gross sales seeing how large the collection grew to become in Asia. Kuro no Kiseki wasn’t introduced within the west but however will most likely be launched in 2024.

Personalty talking, I believed an Ys X or an Ys V Remake can be coming in 2022 and I didn’t count on we’d get three Kiseki video games in a row. I’m undoubtedly excited to see Kuro no Kiseki 2 although, as Falcom ought to have mastered its new engine fully by then. Hopefully Kuro no Kiseki 2 will obtain a simultaneous Swap and PlayStation launch in Japan. What do you guys suppose? Inform me within the feedback beneath and on Twitter @A_iyane07.

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