Falcom has shared new information and screenshots for The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki, the latest entry in its Trails series, introducing the “Variant Rage” system, and the Japanese limited edition and first-print purchase bonus.
If you missed our previous coverage, read up on the characters and keywords centered around the first protagonist Lloyd Bannings here, the second protagonist Rean Schwarzer here, and the third protagonist C here, and additional characters here. Gematsu also recently interviewed Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo, who answered a few questions about the game.
Get the details below.
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki introduces new attack / recovery techniques linked to the “tactical” link system that has appeared in the Trails of Cold Steel series. “Variant Rage” is an a variant tactical link command that can be activated when there are five or more members in the party.
The conditions for activating “Variant Rage” is to “have five or more members in the party.” By expending the Assault Gauge, you can activate one of the following commands: “Variant Attack,” “Variant Heal,” or “Variant Arts.”
Since standby party members also participate in “Variant Rage,” the damage dealt / amount healed is not only of a significantly higher level, it also increases based on the number of party members. Up to 10 party members can participate.
—Use battle commands to gain the upper hand in battle!
For commands that consume BP (Brave Points), “Variant Rage” comes with the added effect of BP recovery. BP commands include “Rush,” where two battle members perform a ranged attack; “Burst,” where four party members perform an all-out attack; “Brave Order,” which brings out various effects to the entire battlefield; and more.
Attack enemies with “Brave Orders” and “Rushes” early on in battle, then activate “Variant Rage” when you are running low on BP. Through the effective use of “Variant Rage,” such as to recover BP while dealing further damage to the enemy, you will be able to gain the upper hand—even in battles against tougher enemies.
■ Platinum Meister Box (10,800 yen)
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki Platinum Meister Box includes a number of wonderful items such as a two-disc vocal album only obtainable through this limited edition, a calendar with unreleased illustrations, and more packaged in a special case themed after Lapis Rosenberg’s suitcase.
Its full contents are as follows:
A copy of The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki for PlayStation 4
Two-disc music CD “Kiseki 15th Anniversary Vocal Collection”
A large-volume, two-disc vocal album to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Trails series. Includes the full-length theme songs for previous titles, from The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky ending theme song “Hoshi no Arika” to the The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel opening theme song “Ashita he no Kiseki” and ending theme song “Ai no Uta.”
Memorial desktop calendar “Zemurian Heroes 2020-2021”
A desktop calendar featuring Trails series illustrations with a special silver crack finish. Since the calendar and illustrations are separated, it can also be displayed as an interior decoration. There are also new, previously unreleased images from the Trails series.
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki character clear poster set (24 posters)
A set of 24 vivid, semi-transparent posters. Focused on the main characters, including the three protagonists Rean, Lloyd, and C.
■ First-Print Purchase Bonus
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki Soundtrack Mini -Limited Edition-
A limited edition soundtrack featuring a curated selection of unique music from the game, including battle and event music, exclusive to first-print copies of The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki (all editions).
The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki is due out for PlayStation 4 on August 27 in Japan.
View the screenshots at the gallery.