NIS America announced The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III will be releasing for the Switch on June 30, 2020, in North America and Europe. Alongside the release date, a demo was also released on the eShop.
Originally released in Japan on the PS4 in 2017, Cold Steel 3 got an international release in October 2019. Earlier this month, a PC port was released.
Trails of Cold Steel III once again stars Rean Schwarzer, now older and graduated from Thors Military Academy. As a new branch campus opens, Rean joins the school as a teacher of the new Class VII while trying to prevent both the secretive organization Ouroboros and Chancellor of Erebonia Gilliath Osborne’s plots for domination.
In our review of the PS4 version, we gave it a 4/5 and said the series is a “must-play” for JRPG fans.
While The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III is the first game in the series to release on the Switch, it may not be the best jumping-on point for new players.
There are in-game summaries of previous events, but our reviewer wrote: “if you haven’t played through the first two games, saying you are jumping into the deep end would be a gross understatement.”
A fourth game in the series was released in Japan in 2018, but an English localization has yet to be officially announced.