|The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel|
Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki
|Developer(s)||Nihon Falcom Corporation|
|Publisher(s)||Nihon Falcom Corporation|
XSEED Games (U.S)
NIS America (EU)
|Release||September 26, 2013 (JP) |
June 24, 2014 (CN, KR)
December 22, 2015 (U.S)
January 29, 2016 (EU)
|Platform(s)||Sony Playstation 3, Playstation Vita|
|Official Website (Japanese)|
Official Page (English)
"From Zero to Flash"
- —Title slogan
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (英雄伝説 閃の軌跡 Eiyuu Densest Sen no Kiseki?) is a new chapter in the Kiseki series that takes place in Erebonia, concurrently with the events of The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki. It was released on September 26, 2013 for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita in Japan.
Cold Steel takes place in the Erebonian Empire, a military superpower located on the continent of Zemuria. The player will spend a significant amount of time as a student at Thors Military Academy, the nation's premier service academy. As part of a special curriculum, the player will also be deployed to various locations across the Empire for the purpose of a Field Study.
The story centers around growing tensions between the two powers in Erebonian Empire in the recent years. One is the Noble Faction, which centralises around the Four Great Nobles, about maintaining tradition to the areas ruled by aristocracy. Another is the Reformist Faction, consisted of the commoners with Giliath Osborne, the Iron Chancellor as their leader, which opposes the Noble Faction's ideology. As the two sides could not come to an agreement, tensions continue to grow in most areas in the Empire even affect the younger generations.
In the middle of situation like this, a new term begins at the Thors Military Academy in Septian Calendar, March 31, 1204. Located in a small town called Trista near the Imperial City, many new students from different backgrounds go to this academy. One of them is Rean Schwarzer, a seventeen year-old boy from a northern small region named Ymir, who happens to notice one thing when he just arrives in Trista. He wears a crimson uniform while most students wear either green (for commoners) or white uniforms (for aristocrats). Then he encounters eight students wearing the same uniform like his during his walk to the orientation.
After the orientation speech by the headmaster ends, a young female instructor, Sarah Valestine, calls the crimson students to do a special orienteering program. She explains that the all crimson uniformed students are placed in the special class called Class VII, and they will be given special assignments which differs them with the other students in different classes. Since joining Class VII, Rean and his friends have been facing many kinds of circumstances to be solved, from the personal things they must overcome to the threats that will endanger the people and the entire Empire.
- Rean Schwarzer: The adopted son of Baron Schwarzer who decides to go to the Thors Military Academy to seek his own path of life. He has learned the sword technique 'Hachiyou Ittou' from Yun Kafai.
- Alisa Reinford: The daughter of the chairwoman of the Reinford Group, the largest Orbal manufacturer in Erebonia. She joins the Thors as a way of distancing herself from a workaholic mother.
- Elliot Craig: A sixteen year old boy who has gentle personality and loves music. He's supposed to attend the music academy but forced to go to the military academy by his father. He uses an Orbal staff as his weapon.
- Laura S Arseid: A daughter of the Arseid family who uses a two-handed sword. She has a natural talent of using the sword and a little bit naive about the world. As a fellow swordsman, she's interested in Rean's Hachiyou Ittou sword skill.
- Machias Regnitz: A son of Imperial's Governor Regnitz who openly shows his hatred toward nobles, which makes him have a conflict with Jusis who comes from a great noble family at first.
- Jusis Albarea: A second son in the Albarea family, one of the 'Four Great Nobles'. He acts smug and arrogant like the nobles do, but he doesn't mean it as offense.
- Emma Millstein: A glasses girl with braid who got the top scores at the entrance exams and is trusted to take the position as a chairwoman in Class VII. She seems to have secrets that have been kept from everyone.
- Fie Claussell: The youngest one in Class VII and uses twin bayonet as her weapon. She's not too good at studying, is sleepy at all times and has a habit to sleep in everywhere.
- Gaius Worzel: A calm figured boy from the Nord Highlands who loves the nature around him and is always be grateful of it. He goes to the Academy because of the recommendation by a certain Erebonia Military officer.
- Millium Orion: An energic young girl who use a puppet called "Airgetlam" to fight. Despite her apparence, she's a member of "Iron Breed".
- Sarah Valestine: An instructor of Class VII who likes drinking and has an interest of nice looking, middle-aged men.
- Neithardt: A major in the 4th Division of the Imperial Army, and also an instructor in the military academy specialized in military science.
- Vandyke: The headmaster of the Thors Military Academy.
- Rufus Albarea: Jusis' older brother and the heir of the Albarea family.
- Claire Rieveldt: Captain of the Train Military Police (TMP), codenamed 'Ice Maiden'.
- Towa Herschel: A second year student who is the student council president of Thors Military Academy.
- Angelica Rogner: Towa's best friend who is also a daughter of Marquis Rogner, one of the 'Four Great Noble Families'.
- Elise Schwarzer: The biological daughter of Baron Schwarzer and Rean's little sister.
- Alfin Reise Arnor: The princess of Erebonia Empire and an older sister to her twin, Prince Cedric.
- Victor S Arseid: Laura's father who is also the best swordsman in the Empire, known as 'the Light Swordsmaster'.
- Olivert Reise Arnor: The oldest prince of Erebonia Empire who has already made cameo appearances since the first game in the series.
Sometime later after the game's release, Falcom and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia (SCEJA) have made an agreement to release Sen no Kiseki in both Chinese and Korean language for the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita, and planned to be released on June 24, 2014. XSEED Games confirmed that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is being released in North America physically and digitally on December 22nd, 2015.
- Playstation Award 2013, User's Choice - Winning Award
- Japan Game Awards 2013 - 1st Place
- Famitsu Award 2013 - Winning Award