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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 coming to Nintendo Switch in Spring 2020 [US/Europe; later in Japan]

Aaronrules380

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Oct 25, 2017
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Do you ever post anything that isn't either concern trolling or blatant console warring in a Nintendo related thread?
I mean I know nothing about the guy you're quoting, but in this case it's actually a pretty reasonable concern given the nature of the Trails/Kiseki series and it's heavy continuity. I don't think it'd be impossible for a newcomer to jump in here and enjoy the game and get a general understanding, but it's absolutely not recommended with this series
 

Kyrios

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Oct 27, 2017
3,371
I really hope the other two come out on Switch then. Otherwise there wouldn't be a point to play the third game unless you've already played them at the very least.
 

wrowa

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Oct 25, 2017
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releasing this without the context of like, seven other games seems like a pretty terrible move to me
It's not like there's a single platform that got all of the Trails games available on it. This line of argument is always bizarre to me - do you think people only ever buy hardware of a single manufacturer? Especially for games like Trails that are targetting more of a niche crowd I'd assume that ownership of multiple consoles is high.
 

Yuntu

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Nov 7, 2019
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Germany
Kind of a shame NISA doesnt have the right to CS1&2, 100% sure those would be on Switch if they had that.

But this indicates that NISA will probably port all their Falcom games to Switch as long as they can.
 

Pandora012

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Oct 25, 2017
3,037
To play this on switch or ps? Portability is nice, it's probably why i got so far in 2 and beat 1. Buuut i haven't played many games on the go in a bit.

Also....lmao if c1 and 2 aren't released.
 

Lite_Agent

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Oct 26, 2017
3,291
Somewhere. I think.
Porting Cold Steel 1 and 2 would be up to XSEED, I assume.

And don't forget people like me who played the first two games on Vita and would prefer to continue the game on a handheld system rather than playing it on PS4. It's one of the reasons I didn't pick up CS3 yet.
Ah, you got a point, forgot about PSV. Yeah, makes sense of them to go after that audience, especially as a fair amount of PSV fans ended up on Switch.

What the.........Falcom has embraced the Switch, the apocalypse is coming now. Please bring the entire Kizeki series to Switch :(. Will double dip from Vita versions.
NF haven't embraced anything that's not called PlayStation. It's NISA that has embraced Switch.
 

Nightengale

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Oct 26, 2017
2,700
Malaysia
There is a summary of the first 2 game included with CS3.

If you've wanted to try this game out and don't have a PS4/want it portable, here's your shot at it. And while it's not ideal, you can start with CS3. (Yes, I'm sure many will disagree with me, but that's my personal stance)

Worry about CS1/2 on Switch, or older Trails games coming to the platform later. Even without the context of the first 2 games in the CS series, or the prior 7 games in the Trails lore, CS3 is still an excellent game worth the entry price.
 

ara

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Oct 26, 2017
6,638
Clearly supporting this series on the PC is paying off! Can't wait to see how the absolutely tiny battle UI looks like in handheld mode.
 
Oct 27, 2017
7,201
Peru
What?

I mean, it's cool that they're finally bringing the series in some form but it seems rather pointless if they don't port at least the first two games from this saga.
 

Strings

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Oct 27, 2017
9,814
DW, YOU DON'T NEED TO PLAY 1 OR 2. YOU'RE PERFECTLY FINE AVOIDING THOSE, JUST LIKE AVOIDING THE SKY GAMES, ZERO AND AO. THIS IS THE PERFECT ENTRY POINT TO THE SERIES.

... What a bizarre decision.
 

Viale

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Oct 25, 2017
1,924
Yessss. Played CS1 + 2 on vita so happy to get 3 on switch which is really just vita 2.0. Also gives me more time to play my backlog of the other trails games.
 

Tailzo

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Oct 27, 2017
1,534
So I could play the first two on Vita, and the third on Switch? I've been wondering about playing these games for a while. I bought the first for Vita, but didn't finish it. I should try again.
 

SliceSabre

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Oct 25, 2017
4,164
Can you play this one without playing the others?
I mean yea you can 'play' it but without at least 1and 2 as a base the story is entirely meaningless because it relies extremely heavily on events and character interactions in 1-2.

Hell it helps to have played the other games as well but you can get by with just the cold Steel games.
 

ILikeFeet

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Oct 25, 2017
25,355
What did they do?
I know Falcom always had that issue of "no localization allowed until it's out in Japan" because of spoiler-phobia but how bad have things gotten?
NISA had a sweeter deal (ports to other systems) and XSeed couldn't compete. it's more Falcom chose the publisher that could get their games on more systems. XSeed doesn't have the bandwidth to do Switch ports in addition PC ports
 

Aaronrules380

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
10,748
I mean is it just the trails in the sky and cold steel games that need to be played?
Ideally you'd want to play the two crossbell games (Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki) as well before III, but you'd need to rely on fantranslations for those. A far better fan translation of Zero should be coming very soon and Ao's current fan translation is decent enough, but no official localization is in sight any time soon
 

Arsenekinz

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Oct 25, 2017
1,959
Canada
Gee thanks NISA. Really cool to support the series on PC for years and instead of getting the newest entry they port it to the platform with no other games in the series so they'll be thrown into the middle of everything and have all the other games spoiled for them.
 

UberTag

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
7,378
Kitchener, ON
I'm going to double-dip but Falcom's release strategy with this franchise is just pants.
I'd almost call it self-sabotage.

That said, I'm all on board with the "if I buy Cold Steel III on Switch maybe they'll port Cold Steel I & II, Trails in the Sky FC/SC/TC and localize the Crossbell games". Because I'm a stupid idiot that thinks my purchasing decisions influence the suspect decision making of game publishers.
 

Aaronrules380

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
10,748
Gee thanks NISA. Really cool to support the series on PC for years and instead of getting the newest entry they port it to the platform with no other games in the series so they'll be thrown into the middle of everything and have all the other games spoiled for them.
I mean I still expect a PC port to come eventually, but yeah it's weird this was announced first
 

Nolbertos

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Dec 9, 2017
1,233
NISA should buy the rights to CS 1 and 2 from Xseed. Wonder if Xseed is willing to sell the publishing rights out west for a reasonable price. Althought Falcom and Xseed seemed to have a big falling out, might make xseed dickish to sell the rights at an outrageous cost. One can hope NISA is willing to bargain with XSEED.
 

Rotobit

Editor at Nintendo Wire
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Oct 27, 2017
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Awesome that it's coming, less awesome that unaware consumers will buy in and probably be very lost

Wish XSEED and NISA could come to an agreement or partnership

at the very least, it probably means the next part of the Trails saga which starts fresh(ish) will head to Switch very early on.
 

Xavi

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Oct 27, 2017
9,367
Lightning for Smash
Oh shit awesome, gives me hope for a PC port down the line. Guess I don't have to buy a PS4 anymore :)

Pd: as usual with these games, the gatekeeping is real in this thread
 

DNAbro

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Oct 25, 2017
8,152
I’ve been very interested in the series so this might be the incentive to pick it up. Shame they are starting at 3 though.