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So XSEED is bringing over both parts of The Legend of Heroes VIII as "Trails of Cold Steel" later this year, which is obviously great news and I'm psyched to play them, but I'm worried because they're skipping VII (and the last part of Trails in the Sky) at first, possibly releasing it later.

Falcom claims that VII and VIII can be played in either order, but can anyone who has played both confirm this? Would switching the order have any negative effect on the storytelling of any of the games?
Trails in the Sky: The 3rd is more or less a side story with a lot of world building canon. It's not part of the Crosbell Arc, really, and you could honestly live with never actually playing it at all.

It is a favorite among some fans very much because of the world building and canon fodder, but yeah, it's not important, plot wise, between the two games. In fact CS / CS2 are so distanced from the Crossbell arc you may as well as consider them different worlds anyway.
Alright. I've heard that I'll run into major Crossbell spoilers with Erebonia, but I guess that it could be a good reveal no matter the direction form which I approach it.

And what about Nayuta?
Post edited November 05, 2015 by Snacko
Nayuta is completely unrelated to the Trails subseries (different setting) and even The Legend of Heroes as a whole (gameplay is unlike any other game in the series). The official reason for the title is that it has the qualities of the other Kiseki games (worldbuilding, incredibly detailed NPCs etc.), but it's pretty obvious they were just banking in on the brand recognition. :P

Fans think it's more of a spiritual successor to the Zwei!! games than anything else.
Post edited November 05, 2015 by tootbrush