“The Trails of Cold Steel series is over, and naturally one of our challenges is how do we continue, while at the same time we want the next series to trace back the previous stories even for users who haven’t played the Trails of Cold Steel series at all,” Kondo said. “Also, while Trails of Cold Steel wrapped up in four titles, there is still a little more we wanted to do, so I wonder if we’ll do some sort of two-pronged strategy where something can be done on that front.”
Kondo continued, “I don’t think it’s good to pour too much energy into either thing and fall behind, so I would like to do them side by side. Since this year is the series’ 15th anniversary, I’m thinking about showing off another title at the very least.”
It is worth noting that Kondo previously teased “unexpected developments” for the Trails series’ 15th anniversary.
To the Gamer.ne.jp interviewer who told Kondo he is looking forward to the next entry in the series, Kondo replied, “Thank you very much for that. Now more than ever, I want to figure out how to get the series into everyone’s hands with as little waiting in between as possible.”
Falcom is set to talk more about the future of the Trails series at Dengeki Game Festival 2019 on March 24.
The latest entry in the Trails series, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV ~The End of Saga~, launched for PlayStation 4 in Japan in September 2018. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is due out for PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe this fall.