The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II dated in Japan
posted on 04.08.14 at 08:46 AM EDT by (@salromano)
PlayStation 3 and PS Vita sequel arrives late September.

The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II

The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II will launch for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita in Japan on September 25, this week’s Dengeki PlayStation reveals.

The magazine also reveals new character Artina Orion, voiced by Risa Taneda. Code-named the Black Rabbit, she has the ability to summon the Claiomh Solais. She is connected to Miriam in some way, but details as to how are unknown. She is also a co-worker of the nobles faction.

Also introduced is the new “Spirit Unification” system. When Rean uses it, he enters an awakened state that boosts his status, changes his attack techniques, and enables him access to special techniques. It’s only disadvantage appears to be that it disables the use of item and arts.

Finally, the magazine also shares details on “Lost Arts.” Players can use three types of special arts by equipping certain types of quartz. EP can be used once per battle this time around, with the gauge for it being exhausted in one fell swoop instead of trickling down over turns as has been previously the case.

Thanks, Re: Zaregoto.

  • Articuno76

    That was a very sudden announcement. I was really hoping this game was being pushed back into 2015 because the first game certainly needed the extended incubation time. I’m not sure how much they can improve in just a year.

    We’ve seen some examples of improved character animation in the field. Which is promising because it shows that they are at least responding to some feedback:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQM6kIVgZCw

    But they still have some way to go: in Sen, battle-to-field transitions were inexplicably just as long as field-to-battle transitions (don’t you hold the field in memory?).

    If anything from Escha and Logy (on the low end) to FFXIII (on the high end) can do instant transitions between field-and-battle I don’t see why it wouldn’t be possible here.

    It would really put me at ease to see a redesigned, handheld friendly UI for the Vita release.

    • Budgiecat

      more 360p Japanese 2006 style off camera streaming….

      • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

        Granted, it wasn’t streamed directly to source at the event, and that was the streaming camera from the Live Event looking on it- so for the people at the Loft Plus One event, it probably looked a bit better than what we saw ourselves.

        • JeremyTMH

          Saw the stream, yea it looked great.

          Well its still largely in dev shots though, so they’ll release a gameplay vid much later.

    • gangrelion

      Wow! So I was not the only one to think the animations for the first Sen were very poor? This puts my mind at ease!

      • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

        Falcom reported about a month ago that all of the money from the DLC was going to be put back into increasing the quality checks and animation quality of the characters.

        • gangrelion

          What a shame! If I knew about that I would have brought those DLCs!

          • Duc PC-QB

            I did my part, I bought all of them,
            Now gimmey those silky delicous smooth animation

  • JeremyTMH

    Isn’t that a mistranslation? You use up all your EP when you release Lost Arts, not normal Arts. >.>

    • Articuno76

      Maybe they got it confused with BP? I dunno.

      • http://www.esterior.net/ Endless History

        It is a slight mistranslation. Lost Arts can only be used once per battle, and they drain all of your EP in one shot.

  • Omega_Shiro

    YES!!! hurry up and let me preorder still pumped for this just bet Sen No Kiseki now playing Zero no Kiseki evo.

  • Omega_Shiro

    That Sen no Kiseki news. Oh man the games animation looks smoother even in such a bad quality film.