Friends, this is the fucking year to be a gamer. Well, this year and next year, it seems, but this year for the announcements if nothing else. I have been constantly surprised (in a good way) by announcements for things this year, and that....that's not stopping, it seems. Another one of the things that I had mostly given up on long ago has been announced today and I could not be happier unless there were more overwhelmingly positive things that happened today, but this is good too. Another one of those things that I have said probably isn't ever happening has decided to happen to prove me wrong and that's fine. That's amazing, even. I will take that any day of the week.
The long and short of it is that The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter is coming to PSP and PC. As in the sequel to the game on the PSP that I absolutely adored last year when I played it. As in the game that continued the wonderful story from First Chapter that got so amazingly good at the end and made me froth at the mouth for a chance to get to play and experience it. Basically the sequel to one of the RPGs that has nestled in my heart in that little spot reserved for "Favorite" games. So I'm sure you can see that I am absurdly fucking happy for this. Like, deliriously "if-things-were-better-I-would-proclaim-that-everything-is-amazing-and-life-is-wonderful" happy. It's not quite there because of stuff and things going on elsewhere, but this is still pretty damn uplifting.
I suppose I should make a little notation here: what I wasn't expecting was that the game would actually end up on PSP. The way everything was going on and being talked about, it felt more like if -anything-, the series would be hitting PC through Steam only, meaning my clear data from First Chapter would be completely and utterly useless. Meaning I would have to get a gaming computer (which I -intend- to), buy First Chapter on Steam (Which I will do -when- I get said gaming computer anyway, because FC is going up on Steam in Winter) so that I can beat it and buy and play Second Chapter (which, again, I will be doing -anyway- eventually) instead of just...you know, buying Second Chapter on my Vita so I could play it there with the data I already have. So basically just prolonging that which has already taken a hell of a lot longer than I would've preferred, and more or less invalidating my PSP purchase of the game. That's what I was worried about. That's what most of us were worried about, and justifiably so, I should think. Even though at least one or two of the XSEED folks just bought Sweet Fuse last week and were going on about that, proving that PSP games aren't dead yet, even if it's not going to sell ten million copies or some other absurd number.
It's happening, though. Second Chapter is going to be published by XSEED sometime in 2014 featuring a translation done by Carpe Fulgur, who you probably know from Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale. I don't know if they're starting over from scratch, or if they're going to supplement the XSEED translation that was already underway, but regardless, 2014 is a large enough window to cover either case I should think. As you might expect, it's only going to release digitally, which as stated in posts previous, I have made a stink about before, but not for this. In fact, I will go so far as to say that if you don't buy The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky Second Chapter -purely- because it's Digital-Only (No Physical, No Buy is the mantra there), then you are literally a shit and I hate you. If I'm willing to throw $30-40 at my Vita until I can start the download for Second Chapter that will likely take somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-10 hours because I have the shittiest internet known to God and Man, then you can suck it up. It's going to be worth it, if that's a more compelling argument.
Since this is happening, I very strongly recommend that you pick up Trails in the Sky (Store Link) at some point between now and when it's set to release so you'll be caught up and have some Clear Data to carry over into Second Chapter. It's $20 which is not at all unreasonable for one of the best RPG releases in recent years. Which is not something I say lightly. And while I'm not going to compare TitS to something like, say, Persona 4 Golden, since they're both JRPGs, I am pointing out that I did bring up P4G in the same mention of calling Trails in the Sky one of the best RPG releases in recent years and let you come to terms with something on your own. Since to directly compare them would be like comparing one delicious, decadent food item with another - they're both wonderful, they're both to be savored, and they're both to be appraised for what they are. Nothing more, nothing less. I have no doubts that Second Chapter will be equally delicious.
yes, I know, terrible metaphor but goddamnit, I am just so happy I don't even care