Nihon Falcom has revealed The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin for PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation 5 (PS5) in Japan, releasing in fall 2022 (via Gematsu). The company says that players can expect a “further polished story” that continues the events of the previous entry, which launched on PS4 this past September in Japan as the latest in the Trails series and as part of Nihon Falcom’s 40th anniversary. Spriggan Van Arkride returns as the protagonist, with Katsumi Enami returning to handle the character designs.
Nihon Falcom’s aim with The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin is to give players an experience that enhances many of the elements found in the first game. Combat that transitions between field battles and command battles and the LGC Alignment system will be back and enhanced, and there will be plenty of side content as usual. The narrative kicks off after a Central Intelligence Department (CID) squad is found massacred in Edith City. However, as the Calvard Police and Bracer Guild look into the mystery of who’s behind the CID murders, underground factions are already making moves. Here’s a short tease of the events that follow in The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin:
Meanwhile, Spriggan Van Arkide also begins his investigation, kickstarted by a visit from an unexpected someone. Who is the culprit behind the massacre? Why did they do it? And what will happen to Agnes, who is searching for the Eighth Genesis, the last legacy of her great grandfather? The brutish roar of a crimson beast, and an encounter with a young boy and girl seeking “something” will lead them down a “Trail” that they cannot escape.
Stay tuned for more updates from Nihon Falcom as the company continues its 40th anniversary celebrations. The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin won’t launch in Japan until at least fall 2022, but you can still take a look at a few first images of the next Trails title below.