New Details Emerge on the Next Legend of Heroes Games + Brief History

How many of you out there have actually played this?

I didn’t make a typo in the title, we’ve got new details on two new Legend of Heroes games for the PlayStation Vita.  For those that don’t know the LoH series was originally released in Japan for several computer systems before making its way to consoles such as the Sega Genesis, Super Famicom and TurboGrafx-16.  The first title,  Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes (originally released in Japan in 1989) would remain the only localized release to hit North America until 2005’s The Legend of Heroes IV: A Tear of Vermillion for the PSP.  Funny enough, but the original Legend of Heroes was only released in North America for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1992, which is likely why no one ever heard of the series until the PSP versions started showing up.  It was also the sixth part in the Dragon Slayer series.  One other game, 1992’s Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes II would mark the last time the Dragon Slayer brand would be used on a Legend of Heroes game.  This one was never released outside Japan.

For most, this was their first time hearing of the Legend of Heroes series.

The Legend of Heroes II: Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch hit the PSP in 2006, but it was actually a remake of 1994’s The Legend of Heroes III: White Witch.  Are you starting to get confused yet?  Basically part IV was released in North America before part III.  2007’s The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean is actually The Legend of Heroes V: A Cagesong of the Ocean and conclude the Gagharv trilogy, which should be played in the order of Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch, A Tear of Vermillion, and then Song of the Ocean.

Finally we come to last year’s PSP release, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, which is the sixth part in the series, and the first part of the Trails.  Anyone looking to start getting into the series can go ahead and pick up all four PSP releases, but would do well in making sure they play them in the correct order.

Will you ever get released in North America?

Today we have some news from our friends over at Andriasang on two new games coming out for the Vita.  The Legend of Heroes VII (The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki) was released in Japan for the PSP in 2010, and will be coming out on the Vita as The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki Evolution later this year with full voice acting, including over 150 different characters from the game now featuring spoken dialogue, as well as improved visuals, a remixed soundtrack and a new opening cinematic.  Depending on how this conversion sells, Falcom (the series developer) would also like to convert The Legend of Heroes VIII (Ao no Kiseki) to the Vita with similar treatment.  After that, it’s likely the company will create an all new entry for the Vita, again all depending on the sales.

The Legend of Heroes brand has remains fairly niche in North America, but these are all quality RPGs that should be experienced if you ever have the opportunity to do so.