During a livestream for a PAX South panel, publisher NIS America announced that it is bringing the third entry in the cult-hit Japanese RPG series Trails Of Cold Steel to PC. Fully titled, The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III, it originally released on PS4 in September 2017 for Japan and October 2019 in the West, and a Switch version is due later this year. However, those who are looking to continue the Cold Steel saga on PC can do so on March 23, 2020.
Cold Steel III continues the story of main character Rean Schwarzer and friends from Class VII navigating tense political drama and the terrors of war as they grow into young adults and take on new roles in life. The series incorporates story elements from the Trails In The Sky series (and other Japan-only entries) as all these games take place in the same universe.
When it comes to this version in particular, Cold Steel III gets the enhancements that came with the previous two games on PC. This includes native 4K support, ultrawide 21:9 support, an uncapped framerate, and a bunch of graphics options. Another important inclusion is turbo mode, which lets you fast forward 2x, 4x, or 6x the game’s speed at any point.
For more on the series, be sure to read our in-depth interview with developer Falcom’s president Toshihiro Kondo about Trails Of Cold Steel and how it fits into the larger RPG landscape. If you’re looking to take the game on the go later this year, you can check out our Cold Steel III gameplay on Nintendo Switch. Trails Of Cold Steel IV closes out the series, and while it’s been out in Japan since 2018, there’s currently no word on a Western release.