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The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak Shines Through in Summer 2024

The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak Artwork

NIS America has announced that it’s finally releasing the Falcom turn-based RPG The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak in summer 2024 for PlayStation 4 and 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC. I think I just felt the entire Trails fanbase collectively exhale.

The news was revealed during a broadcast on the NIS America Twitch channel.

In Japan, Trails through Daybreak is known as Kuro no Kiseki. It originally came out in 2021 for the PS4 followed shortly after by a PS5 and PC launch. Needless to say, it’s been a hot minute since the original release. Take a peek at the exciting announcement trailer, with more info and screens below:

Here are a few screens courtesy of NIS, with more viewable on our Trails through Daybreak game hub.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak Screenshots

Here’s some more about the game from NISA’s press release:

About the Game:

In the aftermath of a brief war, Calvard is enjoying unprecedented economic prosperity. However, the public grows uncertain as the number of immigrants increases and questionable political reform runs rampant. Follow the spriggan Van Arkride on a unique request that will prove more than he bargained for. Will the nation fall into chaos?

The Story So Far…

The spriggan’s life is but one of many professions that has emerged from the Calvard Republic. Be it playing detective, negotiator, or bounty hunter, Van Arkride takes on the kind of work that legitimate sources can’t accept. Whether it’s best left out of the public eye or rooted in the dark corners of the underworld, almost any job is open for consideration.

The year is S.1208. A prim-and-proper young lady dressed in the uniform of an esteemed academy visits a rundown multi-tenant building in the Old Town district of Edith, the nation’s capital. With a most dignified gaze, she looks upon the plaque of the door before her. It reads: ‘ARKRIDE Solutions Office: Complicated Matters Only.’

Steeling herself, she knocks on the door three times.

“First thing in the morning…?” a relaxed yet surprisingly young voice grumbles with a yawn.

From the moment he opens the door to greet her, a new tale begins.

Key Details:

  • A Case in Calvard: Follow the spriggan known as Van Arkride as he takes on a case that will change the nation’s fate…as well as his own. Explore the reaches of the Calvard Republic while immersing yourself in a rich story filled with action and intrigue.
  • Spriggan to Action: Transition seamlessly between action field battles and turn-based combat with the revamped AT (Action Time) Battle system, and expand your arsenal with new Shard Skills, courtesy of the sixth-generation combat orbment, Xipha.
  • Between Law and Chaos: Under the Alignment system, your choices and actions affect how your story unfolds. Your propensity towards Law, Chaos, and the shades in-between can influence your status in the city, who will ally with or oppose you, and even what jobs and dialogue options are available to you.

Trails through Daybreak marks the start of what’s colloquially known as the Calvard arc. Chronologically, Daybreak comes after Trails into Reverie, which is a conclusion to the Crossbell and Cold Steel arcs, and before Kuro no Kiseki II -CRIMSON SiN-, its direct sequel. Along with the official localization announcement today, NISA revealed two versions of the physical Limited Edition that you can pre-order now in the NIS Store, both without plushies ($99.99 USD) or with Lil’ Spriggan Van and Lil’ Part-Time Agnès plushes ($164.97). On the Twitch stream, it was mentioned the plushes should also be available separately.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak Cover Art (US, Limited Edition)

If nothing I just wrote makes sense to you, I recommend consulting our Trails series primer. (Speaking of Kuro no Kiseki II, is it safe to start calling that Trails through Daybreak II? Hmm.) It’s worth noting that the Japanese/Asian PC release has a “Very Positive” rating on Steam. You’ll find a lot of reviews by English speakers on there, and that’s because there’s a fan translation overlay available.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak launches summer 2024 for PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC. Keep reading RPGFan for more Trails and NIS news!

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Gio Castillo

Gio Castillo

Gio is a writer and editor with a deep fondness for role-playing and management games. He lives in the Philippines with two cats he loves dearly.

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