And you can find the official press release in PDF here.
It was pretty much expected if you’ve played the game. Falcom pretty much did what they did to Sora no Kiseki (Trails in the Sky) to “Sen no Kiseki (Trails in a Flash)” too – leave a big cliffhanger for players.
However, it’s good news we’re getting more of the same because Falcom finally breathed some life back into the Kiseki series.
A Little History
Part of Falcom Japan’s spin-off “Kiseki” series, it all kicked off with “Sora no Kiseki (AKA Trails in the Sky in the West)”. I say spin-off because it was originally supposed to be a one off title that was part of their “Eiyuu Densetsu (Legend of Heroes)” series but, FC was so successful, it now has its own franchise.
So, 10 Years of “Kiseki” games, eh? (sounds like 10 years of “miracles” if you treat it as a pun!) Doesn’t feel that long since I imported the first original title on PC.
For a little background on how the “Kiseki” franchise developed, lets wind back a few titles.
It appears Falcom are accepting applications for anyone who’d like to have a role voice acting in their fourth “Sora no Kiseki” sequel, “Zero no Kiseki“.
Applications began on Monday shortly after they announced the game and will be open until May 31st. The application procedure is simple – Pick one of the shown character sprites on the site and then give it a name.
30 names will then be randomly drawn and be given a minor role in the PSP game. Falcom staff will set up the rest such as your lines and the kind of personality your side character has.
This might end up being a break for anyone aspiring to be a voice actor/actress.
Falcom must really love their “Sora no Kiseki” RPG setup because they are now working on a fourth title for the PSP!
There’s not much information regarding this new title named “Zero no Kiseki” at the moment other than teaser screenshots and that the protagonists are named Loyd Bannings and Elly McDowell. Apparently these characters were shown in the bonus “Legend of Heroes 7 Design Works” book that came as a bonus with their last game, Ys7.
Expect to see this sometime this year, 2010.
The official site for Falcom’s next Ys title is up and reveals that the ARPG will be available from Japan on September 17th. Besides that, the game will also come with a slightly different set of bonus goods than their usual packaging. This time it will include an “Ys History Soundtrack” covering a selection of tracks from the entire Ys series from one to seven including Origin. There will also be a 32 page “Legend of Heroes VII Classified Design Works” book which is currently under development.
Import stores don’t usually stock Falcom’s titles but if you’re really interested, you can order from them directly in English by email as long as you have a credit card. Note the EMS postage overseas is hefty, though.
Yes, my copy of the third “Legend of Heroes VI” RPG just arrived at my door this morning. Took 3 days since its dispatch on Tuesday by EMS. I don’t know what happened but I actually tried to put in a pre-order a week before the release date and it ended up as a regular order. Fortunately, the mini OST that was originally a pre-order bonus only, now comes with regular orders too so I’m not too bothered about what happened.
Here’s a bundle of photos I shot. For some reason, the moment I opened the package I could smell some strong fragrance from the box… Never happened before.