Trails of Cold Steel 4 on Switch Releases Soon, PC to Come Later

Trails of Cold Steel 4 is out on Switch this spring, though a PC date is still to be determined.

NIS America announced The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 4 Nintendo Switch release launches on April 9. Cold Steel 4 is also due out for PC in 2021, though NISA said the exact PC release date is still to come.

Trails of Cold Steel 4 picks up the Erebonian Empire saga right where Cold Steel 3 leaves off, which is a mercy for anyone who played CS 3 and its agonizing cliffhanger ending to completion. Those who haven't would do well to avoid watching Cold Steel 4's trailer or reading further since some spoilers are unavoidable.

New and old Class VII unite with heroes from the Trails series' history to rescue Rean Schwarzer from the Black Workshop, though that's only the start. Erebonia's secret and bloody history starts repeating itself, putting the entire world at risk. 

War and darkness don't take up all of Erebonia's final chapter, though. Cold Steel 4 includes several mini-games, tests of fishing prowess, and even a Puyo Puyo-adjacent mini-game using Falcom's adorable Pom monsters, among other things.

It's a very long game, but one we found worth the time investment for its epic scope and satisfying end to a massive saga. Unfortunately, Switch owners still only have access to the back half of that saga. While Japan is getting Cold Steel and Cold Steel 2 on Switch this year, there's no word on whether those might make it West.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Jan. 12th 2021

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