The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak launches in the West for PC, consoles this July

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The key art for The Legend of Heroes: Trails Through Daybreak. On the left is the game's logo. On the right are four characters: a man with red hair, a man with somewhat spiky blue-black hair, a girl with long blonde hair and a red hat, and a girl with short purple hair and a yellow headband.

Last September, when it was announced that The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak would finally be coming West in “summer” 2024, I estimated that to mean Q3 2024. And it’s JUST eked it to Q3: it will be released in early July! Granted, that estimate isn’t much of a stretch… I just like being right. The game is the first of two in a single arc (the sequel has already been released in Japan), and is seen as the halfway point of the Trails franchise as a whole. Considering the series sits at close to 20 titles and has been made for 30 years, that’s a lot more to look forward to. Today, though, it’s still time to talk Trails through Daybreak.

The Calvard Republic is experiencing unprecedented economic prosperity following a brief war. The public grows concerned as the number of immigrants increase and questionable political reform runs rampant. (Um, is this set in contemporary Canada?) Van Arkride, a spriggan, finds himself with a unique request that may be more than he bargained for. Can the nation stay strong, or will it descend into chaos?'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

In S. 1208, a prim young lady in an academy uniform visits ARKRIDE Solutions Office: Complicated Matters Only. There, Van Arkride answers the door. As spriggan, he acts as a detective, a negotiator, and/or a bounty hunter. This is the kind of work that any square would outright reject. For spriggans, though, any job is open for consideration.

This case won’t just change the nation’s fate – it will also change Van Arkride’s fate. Explore the far reaches of Calvard while playing through a rich story filled with intrigue and action. Seamlessly transition between action field battles and turn-based combat with a revamped Action Time Battle Systtem, and expand your arsenal with new Shard Skills. Your choices are charted on the Alignment system: whether you’re leaning towards Law, Chaos, or anything in between, you can influence your status in the city, who will ally with or oppose you, and what jobs and dialogue options are available.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak is currently available in Asia and Japan for PC via Steam (March 2023/July 2022), PlayStation 5 (July 2022), PlayStation 4 (September 2021), and Nintendo Switch (February 2024). The Western launch will include English and Japanese audio with English text. Pre-orders are now open for the Collector’s Edition through NIS America’s Online Store; it includes a physical copy of the game, a mini art book, a digital soundtrack, a hardcover art book, a one-disc digipak soundtrack, a business card sleeve, a movie poster art card set, a Steelbook case, and a collector’s box with an “Oct-Genesis” outer sleeve.

Developed by Nihon Falcom and published in the West by NIS America, The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak will be released in the West for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch on July 5.

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Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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