The Legend of Heroes

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The Legend of Heroes
Genres Role-playing video game
Developers Nihon Falcom
Publishers Nihon Falcom, Namco Bandai, Xseed Games, NIS America
Platforms PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3
First release Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes
1989
Latest release The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
2014

The Legend of Heroes[1] is a series of role-playing games developed by Nihon Falcom Corporation. First starting as a part of the Dragon Slayer series in the late 1980s, the series evolved into its own decade-spanning, interconnected video game series, spanning twelve entries over the course of thirty five years, encompassing multiple meta series within it as well. A thirteenth entry, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, is scheduled for release in Japan in 2017.

History[edit]

The first entry of the series was released in 1989 as Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes, and was part of Nihon Falcom's Dragon Slayer line of games. It was released for various computer platforms, as well as consoles such as the Mega Drive, Super Famicom, and the PC Engine. The PC Engine version would be the only version to be released in English, and the only Legend of Heroes title released in North America until 2005. Meanwhile, in Japan, the series continued with Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II, released in 1992 for a similar selection of platforms.

Subsequent games in the series dropped their association with the Dragon Slayer series. The Legend of Heroes III, The Legend of Heroes IV, and The Legend of Heroes V comprised the "Gagharv Trilogy", a set of connected games taking place in the same world.

After the conclusion of the Gagharv Trilogy, a new story began with a new trilogy, the Trails in the Sky subseries. The three titles in it, First Chapter, Second Chapter and Third Chapter collectively made up the sixth entry in the series.

Falcom switched to a duology for the seventh entry, consisting of The Legend of Heroes VII: Zero no Kiseki in 2010, and The Legend of Heroes VII: Ao no Kiseki in 2011. After that, the company moved on to the Trails of Cold Steel sub-series, releasing the first title in 2013,[2] a sequel in 2014, and announced a third entry currently under development.[3]

The series has an inconsistent history of English language releases, with two-thirds (eight of twelve) of the titles officially translated as of January 2017. An additional one game (and the one not-yet-released game, Cold Steel III) have been announced. Translated games include the original, the Gagharv trilogy by Namco Bandai, and most entries in the Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel series by Xseed Games.[4]

Main games[edit]

Sub-series Original name Original release English name English release Notes Platforms
Dragon Slayer Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes 1989 Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes 1992 First game in The Legend of Heroes series, as a spinoff of the Dragon Slayer series. NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, FM-7, MSX2, PC Engine, Super Famicom, X68000, Mega Drive, Satellaview, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Dragon Slayer Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II 1992 Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II N/A The second game in the Legend of Heroes series, the last to have the Dragon Slayer moniker, and is still unreleased in English territories. NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-9801, Mega Drive, Super Famicom, PC Engine, MS-DOS, PlayStation, Sega Saturn
Gagharv trilogy The Legend of Heroes III: Shiroki Majo 1994 The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch 2006 The third Legend of Heroes game and first of the Gagharv Trilogy of games. Despite this, for its English release, it was labeled with a two. NEC PC-9801, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable
Gagharv trilogy The Legend of Heroes IV: Akai Shizuku 1996 The Legend of Heroes: A Tear of Vermillion 2005 The fourth game in the Legend of Heroes series, and the second in the Gagharv trilogy. Despite this, for its English release, all numbering was removed, making it appear as the first game in the trilogy. NEC PC-9801, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable
Gagharv trilogy The Legend of Heroes V: Umi no Oriuta 1999 The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean 2007 The fifth game in the Legend of Heroes series and third and last of the Gagharv trilogy. For its English release, it was labeled with a three. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable
Trails in the Sky The Legend of Heroes VI: Sora no Kiseki 2004 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 2011 The sixth game in the Legend of Heroes series and the first game of the Trails in the Sky trilogy. All three titles appear to fall under the number "6" in their Japanese release. To disambiguate between it and the other titles in the trilogy, it's often referred to as First Chapter. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Trails in the Sky The Legend of Heroes VI: Sora no Kiseki Second Chapter 2006 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC[5] 2015 The second game of the trilogy. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Trails in the Sky The Legend of Heroes VI: Sora no Kiseki The 3rd 2007 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd[5] 2017 The final part of the trilogy. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
TrailsCrossbell Arc The Legend of Heroes VII: Zero no Kiseki 2010 Trails to Zero N/A The first part of the seventh numbered entry, and ninth entry overall to the series. Xseed decided to skip localizing the game in favor of working on the Trails of Cold Steel games first, but state that they could still go back and release the title in the future if Second Chapter and Cold Steel sell well.[4] Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
TrailsCrossbell Arc The Legend of Heroes VII: Ao no Kiseki[6] 2011 Trails to Azure N/A The second part of the seventh numbered entry, and the tenth game in the series overall. Xseed decided to skip localizing the game in favor of working on the Trails of Cold Steel games first, but state that they could still go back and release the title in the future if Second Chapter and Cold Steel sell well.[4] Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita
TrailsErebonia Arc The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki 2013 Trails of Cold Steel 2015 The first part of the eighth numbered entry, eleventh title overall. Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
TrailsErebonia Arc The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II 2014 The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II 2016 The second part of the eighth numbered entry, twelfth overall.[7] Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
TrailsErebonia Arc The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki III 2017 The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III N/A The third part of the eighth numbered entry, thirteenth overall. PlayStation 4

Spinoff games[edit]

Sub-series Original name Original release English name English release Notes
Spinoff Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga 2010 N/A N/A A fighting game crossover containing characters from the Trails and Ys series, both Falcom franchises.
Spinoff Nayuta no Kiseki 2012 N/A N/A Focuses more on action-rpg elements.
Spinoff The Legend of Heroes: Akatsuki no Kiseki 2016 N/A N/A An online game developed by UserJoy Technology under licence from Falcom, it takes place in Liberl, Crossbell, and Remiferia, and includes some characters from earlier Trails games.

Manga and anime[edit]

A Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes original video animation anime was released in 1992, the same year that Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II was released, loosely based on the story of the first game.[8] In 1997, It was dubbed into English by Urban Vision and was released onto VHS in North America. The English dub has yet to be released on DVD.

In 2009, three volumes of a Sora no Kiseki (Trails in the Sky) manga were published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, followed the next year by a sequel Rei no Kiseki - Play Story - Shinpan no Yubiwa, published by ASCII Media Works. Two original video animation anime episodes of Sora no Kiseki were released on October 10, 2011 and January 28, 2012 respectively.[9]

See also[edit]

  • Ys (series) – Another Falcom role-playing video game that emphasizes action over story
  • Tokyo Xanadu – a Falcom role-playing video game in a more modern setting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Legend of Heroes (英雄伝説, Eiyū Densetsu)
  2. ^ Spencer (19 February 2013). "Meet The Characters In The Legend Of Heroes: Trails In The Flash". Siliconera. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Sequel To The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel In The Works". Siliconera. 26 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Feature: Xseed on the Trails series
  5. ^ a b Spencer (December 27, 2011). "The Legend Of The Heroes: Trails In The Sky Series Soaring To Smartphones… In English!". Siliconera. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Spencer (March 22, 2011). "The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Azure, The Sequel To Zero No Kiseki, Hits PSP This Fall". Siliconera. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ 2014-04-08, The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II dated in Japan, Gematsu
  8. ^ Marshall, Marc (August 16, 2011). "Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes". Akemi's Anime World. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Anime #2 Teaser Posted". Anime News Network. December 12, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 

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