The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki details characters, setting, and battle system; first gameplay

Meet Van, Agnes, Feri, and Aaron.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Falcom has launched the official website for The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki, which reveals first information, footage, and screenshots surrounding the game’s characters, setting, and battle system.

Get the details below.

■ Characters

Van Arkride

  • Age: 24
  • Weapon: Stun Caliber
  • Affiliation: Spriggan
  • Height: 180cm

“That’s what the job is all about. Never underestimate a Spriggan.”

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

A young “Spriggan” with blue-streaked black hair and deep blue eyes who works mainly in the old town of the capital city Edith.

While he comes off as dry and pragmatic, he tries not to be insincere and is not bad at looking out for others.

He has contact with people in various industries due to his work, and seems to have a wide range of personal connections, but also has a side that
does not allow people to get too personal with him.

Although he began working as a Spriggan almost by sheer coincidence, he seems comfortable with its way of life, and even though he complains when he has to deal with bad jobs, he still makes sure to handle it.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Agnes Claudel

  • Age: 16
  • Weapon: Orbal Staff
  • Affiliation: Aramis High School (First-Year Student)
  • Height: 158cm

“I understand Mr. Van’s style… but there are some compromises even students can’t make!”

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

A first-year student at “Aramis High School,” a prestigious academy in the capital city.

A girl with a neat and gentle atmosphere, and beautiful long blond hair, but great willpower behind her cool eyes.

She takes an orbal staff self-defense course as an elective at her school, and is also a member of the student council. While working alongside her close friends, she strives everyday in the General Affairs department.

Upon learning that someone stole the “Orbment” left to her by her great-grandfather, who passed away due to certain circumstances, Agnes avoided consulting the police and Bracer Guild for some reason, and instead put in a request at “Arkride Solution Office,” which accepts any job…

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Feri Al-Fayed

  • Age: 13
  • Weapon: Assault Sword
  • Affiliation: Kurgha Soldiers
  • Height: 150cm

“I will protect you… with the blessing of the flame and goddess Arusha!”

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

A girl with brown skin, short-styled hair, and a petite physique who is also a young member of the high-ranking jaeger corps “Kurgha Soldiers.”

Having experienced serious combat training since childhood, she shows her fierce jaeger side in battle, but being a young girl unfamiliar with a large city, she also shows reactions expected from a girl her age in day-to-day life.

Upon receiving word that a jaeger corps she had previously networked with has suddenly gone missing, Feri initiates her own search. Meanwhile, she attempts to contact the Republic’s “Spriggans” that she heard rumors about.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Aaron Wei

  • Age: 19
  • Weapon: Twin Fencer
  • Affiliation: None
  • Height: 175cm

“Don’t get in the way, old man… If you can’t understand the East men’s way.”

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

A playboy who had made a name for himself as a philanderer in the massive Easterner Quarter of the Republic, and the leader of the hot-blooded youth.

While being a master of sword and fist of the “Moon Flower Style,” one of three major martial art styles, he never stops attracting the attention of others with other feats such as earning heaps of money at a casino and performing sword dances in Eastern theatre as a female role.

Because of his extravagant behavior, he is nicknamed the “Prodigy” and “Young Emperor of Luo Zhou.”

There are movements to appoint him as an executive in “Heiyue,” the syndicate that dominates the Easterner Quarter, but he himself does not seem to have much interest in the organization.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

More Characters Coming Soon

At least four more characters are planned to be announced, who are ages 20, 15, 22, and 69.

■ Setting / Keywords

Republic of Calvard

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

One of the largest nations on the continent, located in Midwest Zemuria.

Originally a monarch, it became a democratic republic following the democratic revolution that occurred one hundred years ago.

After many years of bloody war over Crossbell, which is located between Calvard and the huge Empire of Erebonia in West Zemuria, Crossbell regained its independence as an autonomous state following several years of events…

Although Calvard no longer receives tax yields from the autonomous state, the huge reparations from the Empire brought about an unprecedented economic boom, and it is rising to become the top nation on the continent in economic and military affairs.

Capital City Edith

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The capital city of the Calvard Republic, and the largest metropolis on the continent.

Locations include Revolution Plaza, which looks out onto the office of the president and Republic Assembly Hall built 90 years ago; the prestigious high school that produces many elites; the districts lined with publishers and orbal movie theaters; the old town untouched by developments; the commercial district that looks out on the riverside; and on the main street, you can see “White Clove Trees” on the roadside.

As the continent’s leading orbal vehicle superpower, a variety of vehicles ride along the streets, and traffic lights were introduced here before other countries. It is also widely known to be the first city in the continent to adopt a “subway” system in place of a tram network.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Spriggan

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

A kind of “underground profession” born from the melting pot of diversity that is the Calvard Republic. Some days as detectives, some days as negotiators, and other days as bounty hunters, they are up for any job from any client.

Since cases accepted in the public eye are meant to be dealt with by the police and Bracer Guild, the line of work that comes to them tend to be those that the CID (Central Intelligence Department) does not want to hand to the guild, citizen consultations that cannot be made public, and even “honest” work from criminals and underground organizations.

■ New Battle System

In The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki, the command-style AT (Action Time) battle system used in the series thus far has been revamped. With a unique new system that seamlessly transitions from action battles on the field to command-style battles, you can enjoy even speedier and more strategic battles.

Basic System

(1) When you discover an enemy on the field, you can commence an action battle. (You can also avoid the battle.)

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

(2) During an action battle, you can shift to a command battle by deploying the combat orbment “Xipha.” (Withdrawing the Xipha will return you to (1), allowing you to shift back to an action battle.)

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Use Various Actions on the Field, Including Combo Attacks and Dodges

You can perform various actions on the field including combo attacks and strong attacks at targeted enemies, and if you are in a party, you can freely switch between characters mid-battle. And since the enemy side will also launch various attacks at the player side, actions such as adjusting your position on the field and evasion are vital to avoid damage.

—Directly attack enemies on the field with combo attacks!

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

—Each character has their own evasive actions.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

Command Battles: Strategic Combat with Crafts, Arts, and Other Turn-Based Actions

In command battles, the battle will progress by selecting commands such as Standard Attack, Craft, Arts, and Items as has been done in the series thus far.

By keeping your actions in mind, such as using Crafts with various effects and Arts with from the seven elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Time, Space, and Mirage), you can even compete against stronger enemies on equal footing.

Additionally, you can receive a temporary boost with the combat orbment “Xipha,” and if a party member is nearby, you can activate additional attacks—or additional effects such as sharing each other’s Arts.

—Select a command for each character to take action.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

—Deal double the damage with Arts attacks according to attribute.

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

—When a Craft is used, the camerawork changes to flesh out the combat!

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

—Activate additional effects with the combat orbment “Xipha.”

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki

The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is due out in 2021 in Japan for unannounced platform(s).

Watch the footage below. View the screenshots at the gallery.

Capital City Edith Flyby

Battle System

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