New Legend of Heroes announced for PS3, PS Vita

Full 3D The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki due next year in Japan.

December 14, 2012 / 06:50 AM EDT / (@salromano)

The next game in Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes series is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Due out next year in Japan is The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki.

The full 3D RPG is set on the Zemuria continent and introduces four new protagonists. It uses a “Tactic Link System” for combat, which is designed for speedier and more intuitive battles, and uses the power of “bonds” to overpower enemies. Its “Active Voice” element means there will be more voice acting, and you’ll be able to hear people’s conversations while moving about town. A 360 degree camera will offer free exploration of the game’s vast and rich world.

View the first screenshots of Sen no Kiseki at the gallery.

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  • Zuhri69

    Oh man. Really? Damn. Psyched about this eventhough chances are, it might not make it here. Although, high school style? Not so sure about that…

  • Zuhri69

    Also, dude with a sword, tsundere, chick-like dude with a staff, chick with a sword. Really not so sure what to make of that.

    • Budgiecat

      par for the course,. you’re supposed to focus on the gameplay and story. The look is to appeal to both genders since in Japan both genders are buying RPGs as opposed to the manly dudebro West. Best not to make a big deal about it

      • Zuhri69

        Nah, I dont mind actually. Not my favourite genre, but if it somehow released here(Hopefully for Vita), I’ll definitely buy it with no regrets. The school genre I mean.

  • NCloud

    I love Falcom games. I’m glad they are developing for both PS3 and Vita. I’ll be sure to get this when it come out. Localization is probably years away.

  • stealth20k

    this sort of shows how much a failure vita is because there is no chance it will ever get exclusives again

    • HassanJamal

      Its a JRPG, it makes sense to have it cross play. These kinds of games are usually really long so its nice to be able to play it on the go AND on a glorious HDTV

      • stealth20k

        because its a jrpg it doesnt make sense to have cross play

        • Angel wing

          Cross save ok ?
          As long as Vita has more and good game I dont give a fuck about “Failure” bullshit.

          • Raiyu

            “As long as Vita has more and good game I dont give a fuck about “Failure” bullshit.”

            I like this guy, if I could I’d give you a medal. Seriously, mad respect.

        • HassanJamal

          What? JRPGs games are long to play and I cant just sit all day long on my ps3.Thats why having it on the vita is a huge bonus for it and JRPG fan everywhere.

        • Budgiecat

          No. It does make sense. Japanese gamers have fled to handhelds over consoles because they are always on the go. So now they have the incentive to continue the game at home on the TV. It’s a good idea stop hatin

    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

      I find this statement incredibly silly. Chances are it uses Cross Play, which is the best of both world for gamers. You can play it on the go and then come home and play it on your TV.

      I’m not sure how that is a failure for the Vita. I think Cross Play is a great feature. This is a win in my opinion, anytime Sony can get a developer to utilize cross play is.

      • stealth20k

        cross play is good for gamers, bad for the platform

        A platform needs exclusives to thrive, thats a fact

        living off the scraps of the ps3, will doom the vita faster

        The psp had over 5 EXCLUSIVE legend of heroes games

        so far the vita has 2 ports

        that shows how much a flp it is

        • Sevyne

          PSP got those over the course of almost 8 years. Vita hasn’t even had 1 year on the market. Don’t be ridiculous.

          • stealth20k

            the psp had 2 original legend of heroes year 1. Whats so wrong about that comparision?

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

              lol no, the first legend of heroes came on the PSPs 2nd-3rd yeah, not first bro.

            • Sevyne

              What’s so wrong about that comparison? The fact that what you just said never actually happened.

        • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

          I’ve read this and some of your other comments in this thread. I mean no disrespect but I’m sorry to say we just don’t agree here.

    • Sevyne

      This is an incredibly stupid and incredibly untrue statement.

    • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

      As a student who lives far away from home and don’t have a TV, I don’t see why having a Vita version is a problem…

      If the Vita version is included in the PS3 version, then the Vita isn’t entirely useless since you can resume your save file outside and at home..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

      *cought*persona 4 the golden*cought* try gettin’ some education before flamming other consoles bro.

  • HassanJamal

    Falcom better localize this!

    • SprintsMcGee

      I’ll be buying it twice then if XSeed brings it over.

      • HassanJamal

        Heres to hoping they jump on the cross buy bandwagon :)

        • KurisuMakise

          I could see XSEED doing Crossbuy but Japan needs to get on that and cross play.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

    Really… Not digging the 3D style here. *sigh*

    Why are so many companies that make 2D style games feel the need to shift their series to 3D? This just… Looks pretty bad. I have Zero no Kiseki on Vita and love that, but it looks right with the 2D sprite animations in a 3D environment.

    Going full 3D is just… No. If the series started out that way, that would be one thing, but this just isn’t working for me. I can only imagine what this means for Ys when it is finally brought to PS3. Granted… I haven’t cared much about the franchise since Seven anyway, but still X3

    Oh well. Pass.

    • zakou

      xD i suggest you first play the game or at least try it before you say “pass”

      Either way, same thing was said for FF, when 6 came out ppl shat their pants on how good it was then 7 was announced that it will be 3D and everyone said FF? 3D? pass xD with exception of few people who are ok with changes.

      I know that there are people in this world who only like 2D games but they have no idea how much they miss out on, same can be used for people who only play 3D games, there is alot they miss out on not playing 2D games.

      • http://soundcloud.com/tet-chan TetsuyaHikari

        Eh… Apples and oranges, man. The Final Fantasy titles aren’t connected with each other (sure, they carry similarities from title to title, such as summons, monsters, etc., but not in a chronological series sense). In one of the screenshots above, the male character shares a striking resemblance to Joshua, which would mean this is connected to Sora no Kiseki in some way.

        I play 2D AND 3D games though. I just hate it when they make the series shift in that direction. Just take a look at Langrisser on Dreamcast when it shifted to 3D. Terrible outcome. Growlanser V also looked pretty bad (same company, but my point still stands).

        How about Final Fight Streetwise? Street Fighter EX? I can go on and on about the number of times a game has turned to shit by going from 2D to 3D. Point is… Most of the time, it’s a bad move. Granted, that’s not to say it’s a bad idea ALL of the time *points to Metal Gear*

        In this case though, yeah… I don’t like the change. I’ll stick with the older versions, thanks. You guys can downvote me all you want, but it’s just a matter of preference. As I said before, I play 2D and 3D games. I just don’t like the looks of this one.

        Get over it.

        • zakou

          You don’t like the looks xD play it then judge :3 what if the story is so good that you end up liking it.

          And people would you mind stop devoting him? Everyone has their own opinion.

          • Budgiecat

            no I didn’t listen to you so I devoted him too because you said no to. And then I devoted you.Besides stop being shallow about looks. Its more important about how a game plays

            • zakou

              You make 0 logical sense, Don’t tell others what is more important for them and learn to understand what question marks stand for.

              If you are trolling then stop even trying because imo you fail at it.

              • Budgiecat

                Moderator – Content removed.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

          the graphics are amazing IMO, you can’t say they are bad just cuz you wanted 2D graphics, this might be the only way for falcom to take a big step, cuz many people aren’t interested in 2D RPGs, i only like pokemon games for 2D (it’s classic pokemon but i wouldn’t mind if the next pokemon was 3D)

        • Budgiecat

          You’re using bad examples. Street Fighter EX was made by Arika a third party developer; not in house by Capcom. Same thing with Final Fight Streetwise. It’s like trying to include that XBox 360 Bomberman game as a real Bomberman game. Ridge Racer Unbounded as a real Ridge Racer game. It’s not. It was a side experiment.
          Even King of Fighters 2006 (Maximum Impact 2) is not a real KoF.
          Now SFIV is; despite it moving to 3D. Because the game is actually good and plays true to its roots still.
          There’s no reason 3D cant look as good as 2D. Especially with today’s technology like Motion Portrait and the newest cel shading advancements.
          Just look at the newest JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure game coming out. That replicates the Manga’s panels frame by frame flawlessly. Check the Youtube comparison vid of it for proof.
          It’s all on how well the developer puts their effort into it.If a developers is lazy, a game will look like crap whether its 2D or 3D.
          And certainly the Japanese need to take advances in game design just like they take advances in design everywhere else if they want to remain relevant in this industry. Because they are slowly dying by way of stagnancy…

    • KurisuMakise

      You’ve got a fair opinion. As for myself, I love 2D but not when it has 3D elements. So in this case, I prefer the full 3D. Love how warm it looks.

  • zakou

    Yay :D PLEASE XseeD! make this happen! looks epic ^^

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    For a second there, I thought it was another game with a school setting….

    That aside, please Falcom, for the love of, please localize this….

  • Guest

    seriously ?!,is So Fantastic ^.^,But For Vita is Not good idea .

    • refrain

      It’s for PS3 too. And I’m glad it’s also on Vita. Vita needs more games like this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

      you sayin’ that cuz you don’t have a vita? cuz it’s for vita and ps3 so keep your pants on, don’t devote other consoles just cuz you dont own them :3

  • Dragon24680

    Looks great! Vita needs all the love it can get.

  • fyi1191

    XseeD! But how long? 10 years?
    They still have to translate Trails 2 and 3, Zero 1 and 2, Nayuta, Celceta. ….

  • uhawww

    So…this makes 6 upcoming Vita games I want and will probably have to import. *Sigh*

  • LordKaiser

    This looks so good to be true! You had made my day Gematsu!. So Falcom has grown enough to make these visuals.

    *Edit*

    Even after this I’m still in shock and wondering if this is real. I tought Nihon Falcom was a budget company. This type of Visuals took me for surprise as I din’t expected Falcom to be able to produce this. It almost looks like a Gust game.

  • bebestorm117

    Glad to see its on PS3! Definite buy for me

  • Claude

    Some people are trashing the graphics. I think the characters are a little generic but I feel that the visuals and environments are clean and appealing.

    • Zuhri69

      Well that’s the thing. They look quite generic. Hopefully Falcom will surprise in some ways with the characterization.

  • http://twitter.com/AceOfCakez Ace

    OMG. I want this.

  • Raiyu

    I don’t mind the 3D graphics, but I don’t like that we’re playing as students again. :|

  • Ramza Beoulve

    Looks good
    localize plz

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000720552713 Paulo Campos

    those grafics look amazing :o i hope it’s crossplay, cuz that way i only need to buy 1 version and ill get it both for my vita and my ps3 ^^

  • MrKappa

    The game looks amazing already… let’s hope we actually get it though. Xseed has supposedly been working on SC forever, we’ll never get the 3rd and Zero has a small chance since it got a Vita version.

  • Kazziyan

    Amazing stuff. and characters don’t look generic at all. They look great- especially the girls.

    • KurisuMakise

      It’s not the characters that look generic, its the style. They follow a lot of anime trends. However I trust Falcom to push past the mold.

      • Kazziyan

        I think most of that have sorta sticked to that except for FC and SC too (never seen TC), it seems. But yeah, I trust them to push past all that and they always succeed in doing so!

      • Budgiecat

        I dont really care about all that if the game is fun to play. Anime is easy on the eyes more so than uncanny valley. It’s an accepted familiarity . Uncanny valley dont sell in Japan anyway. Only Yakuza games get away with it because Kiryu is so bad ass. And Yakuza was more or less the spiritual successor to Shenmue so it made sense.
        Only other 3D instances are Dynasty Warriors and Final Fantasy which feature nigh perfect fashion model type characters.
        Otherwise the other games are meant to appease to the West anyway (DMC, RE, Silent Hill, MGS, Dark Souls, Clan of Champions)

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    If anyone’s wondering, in that first pic, the blonde-haired girl is saying something like, “You guys. Is naughty behavior not allowed?”

  • http://twitter.com/ThatAzure ThatAzure

    Falcom really did turn it up a notch with this Trails game. If I just saw in game screen shots I wouldn’t have even guessed it was a new Trails game. The character art does have the that Trails series feel.

  • http://runicfencer.deviantart.com/ Mistral

    Best. News. Today. I am so excited.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hinotama.dn Ryūka Hinotama

    Ys Foliage Ocean in Celceta and now this. ;)
    Btw, The blond girl kinda look like Sendou Erika from Fortune Arterial lol.

    P/S: Still don’t have a PS Vita yet… D:

  • http://www.facebook.com/hinotama.dn Ryūka Hinotama

    Ys Foliage Ocean in Celceta and now this…look like they have the same graphic. :)

    Btw, isn’t that blond girl kinda look like Sendou Erika from Fortune Arterial? lol

    Still, I don’t have a PS Vita yet… :(

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    I need to see some gameplay. Looks Incredible

  • PrinceHeir

    while the 3D models are okay, i still await for the world they plan to make :D

    localize this please!!

  • Omnisword

    heh SE with FF must be prepare for the worst rival,go on Legend of Heroes franchises time for you to get lot recognition has come