Falcom President Teases New Legend Of Heroes And Ys Projects In The Works
This year’s PlayStation Awards event is drawing near, and Sony’s Play Community website recently spoke with Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo about the future of the company’s two main franchises: Ys and Legend of Heroes.
The talk about the franchise’s future starts out with Ys and what we can expect from it in the near future.
“Thanks to all you fans, Ys will be celebrating its 26th anniversary this year,” starts Kondo. “We’d like to keep spreading the ‘Ys-ism’ that our staff members have created, and I believe we’ll continue evolving it while staying true to the series. We haven’t reached a point where I can tell you much about the next game, but for now, I can tell you that we’re definitely looking to introduce new elements to the series.”
“With new hardware and network structure, the way games are made is different nowadays, so we’re currently in the midst of deciding what to do next,” he continues. “We’ve had great reception regarding the PlayStation Vita’s touch screen features from those who’ve played Ys: Memories of Celceta, so I believe we’ll be working even harder to further evolve the Ys series.”
Play Community follows up by asking Kondo if he could share any information on the future of the Legend of Heroes series.
“With Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Flash, we went from PSP to a multi-platform release of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, from a top-down view to 3D graphics, a big system change, and detailed towns and fields, giving it a voluminous RPG feeling that is represented in 3D. The story takes place in new lands to go with new protagonists, and I believe we made it into a title that even newer RPG fans can enjoy.”
“Again, the Trails series will be entering its 10 year anniversary next year,” Kondo reiterates. “The development team is continuously working hard to start a new project with an eye on the anniversary as an objective, so please look forward to our next announcement.”
Mind you, Falcom's intial sales have never been super high. They were floored with Zero no Kiseki's sales, and Ao no Kiseki's 150k launch sales was the company's launch date record. (Which was only recently beaten by Sen no Kiseki with about 180 or 190k total over both systems, I think?)
190K... I thought the Kiseki's were super popular in Japan... or is that a good amount? What amount is considered great and super successful then?
Something about the new title that bugs me is that while the guy in the shadows looks like Adol from Celceta, we don't see exactly his hair colour and the "Dragon" looks like Galshis from Xanadu Next...as for the woman artwork, the symbols behind her are looking eerilly similar to the "Yggdrasil" of Norwegian lore, the tree of life and the castle at the top...that kind of screams Brandish to me for some reason...
Could the mystery game be another Xanadu remake or a "continuation" / a branch for Xanadu Next to be different from the rest of the Dragon Slayer series? Like Eiyuu Denetsu did years ago? Could it a Dragon Slayer game after so many years?
As for the Sen continuation, while it is pretty excellent that they can continue it in such short time and at the PS3, I hope they still will develop for the PSP...since it isn't really dead over at Japan.
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