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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III launches for Switch today

Welcome to the new class!

Welcome to the New Class VII – Explore the newly annexed lands of the Empire with a brand new squad, and catch up with familiar faces from the past.

An Immersive Story – Experience an epic story developed across three titles, and crafted for new and old fans alike. Also includes an interactive introduction to catch up new players to the ongoing story so anyone can dive right in to the world of Trails of Cold Steel.

Combat Honed to a Fine Edge – Challenge oncoming threats with a combat system that has been refined over the course of decades. The addition of features like Brave Order and the Break System open up new possibilities in battle.

Rean Schwarzer uncovers a dark plot that threatens his homeland. To face their enemies, he must prepare a new generation of heroes as an instructor at a new branch campus and guide them towards victory.

Nearly a year and a half has passed since the Erebonian civil war, and much has changed since then. From the shifting stances of countries to the internal politics of the Empire, and even the life of Rean Schwarzer, the shadows of the past have given way to the embers of a new chapter. Now graduated from Thors Military Academy, Rean has become an instructor at the Thors Branch Campus, a newly-opened academy that quickly finds itself thrust onto the national stage. It is here that he takes the lead of a brand new Class VII, and must guide a new generation of heroes into an unknown future. Though all is calm now, the nefarious Ouroboros organization continues to weave a dark plot that could engulf the entire continent in war...or perhaps something even more sinister.

Trails of Cold Steel III invites players into a world full of intrigue and excitement that is years in the making. They will embark on a whirlwind tour through the never-before-seen lands of the recently expanded Erebonian countryside, and encounter fresh faces as well as old friends familiar to fans of the series. In true Trails fashion, the deep, engaging story pairs with an incredible cast of characters and a combat system refined over decades of innovative RPG worldbuilding.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 - more gameplay



Rean Schwarzer uncovers a dark plot that threatens his homeland. To face their enemies, he must prepare a new generation of heroes as an instructor at a new branch campus and guide them towards victory.

Trails of Cold Steel III for Switch receives bonus DLC as part of the Extracurricular Edition

14 pieces of DLC!

Show off your unique style from the moment you set foot onto Thors Campus! A free code for the Standard Cosmetic Bundle will be included as part of the Trails of Cold Steel III Extracurricular Edition for Nintendo Switch™.

You can get the Extracurricular Edition as part of the Thors Academy Edition for Nintendo Switch™ along with an arsenal of legendary items, so make sure you preorder your copy on our Online Store before the release on June 30.

Additionally, a code for the Standard Cosmetic Bundle will come with purchases of the Trails of Cold Steel III Extracurricular Edition through other participating retailers! More details are coming soon, so make sure to follow us on our social media pages for the latest updates.

The following items are included in Standard Cosmetic Bundle:

Grab the The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III "Thors Academy" Edition here

NIS America goes over the toughest parts of porting The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 to Switch

A few hurdles to overcome

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 originally saw release on PS4 back in 2017, but now it's coming to Switch this Summer. In an interview with Nintendo Life, NIS America talks about some of the challenges they faced bringing the game to the Switch.

The most challenging aspect of porting to Nintendo Switch (and PC) was securing the development teams to work on both platforms simultaneously. Durante (Peter Thoman), now part of PH3 [PH3 Games, a specialist games engineering company] had previously brought over Trails of Cold Steel I and Trails of Cold Steel II to PC. He did an incredible job on the port, including providing a very hands-on support to the Steam community that had issues post-launch. We were certain we wanted to reach out to PH3.

At the same time, we were also in search of a studio that was capable of working alongside the PH3 team for the Nintendo Switch version. In the end, arrangements were made with Engine Software and PH3 to share the same code base for both versions.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 getting a Digital Deluxe Edition

The full game and tons of DLC in a discounted package

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 is coming to Switch on June 30th, 2020, and if you're a big fan of the series, you might want to plop down your cash on the just-revealed Digital Deluxe Edition. This special version is packed with DLC, which you can see the full breakdown for below.

- Self-Assertion Panels
- Cute Hair Extension Set
- Cool Hair Extension Set
- Raccoon Set
- Snow Leopard Set
- Bunny Set
- Rainbow Hair Set
- Angel Set
- Devil Set
- Ashen Knight Set
- ARCUS Cover Set A
- ARCUS Cover Set B
- ARCUS Cover Set C
- ARCUS Cover Set D

If you were to buy all of this DLC separately along with the full game, you'd pay roughly $81. If you buy it all as part of the Digital Deluxe Edition, you'll spend $70. In other words, if you want to go all-in on the game and all of its DLC, this is definitely the way to go.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III "announcement" trailer

Rean Schwarzer, a military student turned war hero, finds himself at the center of a dark plot that threatens to upheave the foundations of his homeland. To face the oncoming storm, he must prepare a new generation of heroes as an instructor at the newly-formed Thors branch campus and guide them toward an unknown future...

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 - more gameplay

Experience an epic story developed across three titles, and crafted for new and old fans alike. Also includes an interactive introduction to catch up new players to the ongoing story so anyone can dive right in to the world of Trails of Cold Steel.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 gets a Japanese commentary video

Nippon Ichi has shared a new video in Japan for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3. This is a commentary video, which means it features a lot of talk most of us won't understand, but also showcases a good amount of gameplay. Skim through the video above and see what it has to offer.

Japanese eShop releases for the week of March 19th, 2020 (plus screens)

Animal Crossing is almost here!

May God have mercy on the other titles in this list. All of them are coming out on March 19th, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming March 20th, 2020. I'm thinking it's going to be a slaughter!

- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3
- Dezatopia
- SeaBed
- Factotum 90
- Bokosuka Wars II
- Remotherd: Tormented Fathers
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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