The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Switch release date April 9 NIS America Falcom Nintendo Switch JRPG RPG

JRPG fans have a pretty decent helping of new and old games to choose from on Nintendo Switch at this point, and another is on the way. Publisher NIS America and developer Falcom have pegged The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV with an April 9 release date on Nintendo Switch for North America and Europe and April 16 for Oceania. The game launched already in the West last year on PlayStation 4 and offered the epic conclusion to the saga, so this year is Nintendo players’ turn to finish the fight.

NIS America brought the last game in the series, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, to Switch last June. Entries prior to that had to be played on other platforms, such as PC and assorted PlayStation platforms. The series has built a following with each entry, but since each game builds upon the story of the last (within each sub-franchise, at least), this is the rare case where playing games chronologically is actually kind of important.

To illustrate that, read this explanation of the story of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV and notice how it makes a lot less sense if you haven’t played the other games:

The Erebonian Empire is on the brink of all out war! Taking place shortly after the ending of Trails of Cold Steel III, the heroes of Class VII find themselves against the full force of the Empire in an attempt to stop its path of total domination. Further, the hero of the Erebonian Civil War and Class VII’s instructor, Rean Schwarzer, has gone missing. Now, the students of Class VII, old and new, must unite with heroes from all over the continent to create the only chance the world has to be spared from total destruction.

Personally, I would really like to get into this series, and in fact I purchased the whole previous sub-series, Trails in the Sky, on PC during a sale. I just need to find the time to start playing. What do you think of the franchise, and are you hyped that Trails of Cold Steel IV has an April release date on Switch?

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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