XSEED Games: Trails of Cold Steel is Translated; We Could Do Earlier Trails Games

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XSEED Games have put up a new blog post in which they talk up the recently announced western release of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel.

Speaking on behalf of the entire team working on the English localization for Trails of Cold Steel, Brittany, the Production Coordinator at XSEED Games, confirmed the current status of Cold Steel‘s localization:

We didn’t want to jump the gun on announcing Trails of Cold Steel too early (and we didn’t, because the translation process started a year and a half ago!). As of this writing, not only is Trails of Cold Steel fully, 100% translated, we’re reaching the final stages of editing as well and will very soon be recording a whopping 10,000~ voiced lines for the game.

Brittany also brought up the question as to why they decided to localize the game before its earlier games:

When Falcom approached us with interest in seeing the game localized (and yes, they came to us), I naturally was all for it. But like most fans, I worried because of the two games that preceded it—Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki […] because they have some events in them that seem to tie in with Cold Steel directly. Is it okay to publish the series out of “order”? If we do take on Cold Steel, will people be missing out on some critical information by not playing Zero and Azure first?

She took the worrisome question to the president of Falcom:

I was fortunate enough to be able to express this worry in person to the president of Falcom, Toshihiro Kondo; I was also just as relieved by his response. Immediately, he responded: “Actually, this is kind of intentional. We wanted Cold Steel and Zero/Azure to be playable in any order because we noticed that, with Cold Steel, the demographic suddenly became younger. Many new fans of the series were going back to the old games.”

Brittany talked up why bothTrails to Azure and Zero haven’t been localized yet:

The simple answer is this: Zero and Azure started as PSP games and by the time we would have finished both of them, the PSP will have long been dead as a viable platform. Even though we’re working on Trails in the Sky SC for PSP now, all the effort going into its PSP launch is a labor of love, not profit.

However, there does exist a Japanese PC port of Trails to Zero and a Chinese PC port of Trails to Azure. This means that, theoretically, we could go back to the duology at any time if the series remains successful, since Trails in the Sky has found new life on PC in the west. PC love won’t be falling out of fashion any time soon.

While this is great news for the fans still holding out hope for the earlier games, what about the much-anticipated Trails in the Sky Second Chapter? Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait that much longer:

Yes, we are still in QA for Trails in the Sky SC for PSP (PS Vita/Vita TV compatible) and PC. And yes, it will also be out before Cold Steel, so you will be able to thoroughly enjoy the conclusion to Estelle and Liberl’s story before Cold Steel’s launch.

I say “conclusion” because, while 3rd is related to content within FC and SC, the overarching story fans were introduced to from the first game will indeed be concluded with SC, satisfactory ending and all.3rd serves as something of an intriguing offshoot from the series and stars a beloved character introduced in SC: one Kevin Graham. Rather than take on the grand scale of FC and SC, it dives even deeper into character development and series lore, with said lore dipping its fingers into every game in the series in some way, shape, or form. Needless to say, I would be thrilled to work on it, and have made my opinion very much heard in the office. Ha ha.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is being launched across both PlayStation 3 and PS Vita some time this Fall in North America. Our European fans can expect a release in their region, via NIS America.

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  1. PenguinPlayer
    June 10, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Man, they posted this on tumblr 5 days ago, but both here and Siliconera are only reporting on the post now. A bit late, no?

  2. sanic
    June 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm


  3. Brandon Orselli
    Brandon Orselli
    June 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I don’t frequent tumblr as often as others.. going to keep an eye on this more from now on.

  4. dsadsada
    June 10, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Oh good, they clarified why they were skipping Zero and Ao. I was a bit worried there since fans made the games sound like paranoia city and I was worried the Trails of Cold Steel might spoil stuff in them if ever XSeed decided to localize those for PC.

  5. Vyse_the_Stampede
    June 10, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    You shouldn’t worry about it too much, no one really cares about TumbIr (… ok, OK… I don’t care about tumblr :P)

    I honestly don’t know how often Tumblr has news related posts… but at least in this case, there was no need to pay attention to Tumblr, since it was tweeted by XSEEDGames on the same day.

    Now that I think about it, I’m surprised how I didn’t realize this had not yet been reported here or at Siliconera…

  6. Tromboner
    June 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Man, XSeed has been working tirelessly on so much lately. I really appreciate their efforts and I’m sure lots of others feel the same way. Can’t wait for those games.

  7. Siveon
    June 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    XSeed is the best, man. Ys/Trails is my crack, and they’re my drug dealer.

  8. Dammage
    June 10, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    they post this stuff on their twitter, no worries about checking their tumblr

  9. sanic
    June 10, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Only browse tumblr for awesome porn or non porn artists Brandon anything else is the path way to insanity

  10. blackice85
    June 10, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Yeah I myself forget that some use it to post news.

  11. Domhnall
    June 11, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I only follow 3 Tumblrs, and all 3 are just porn.

  12. JackDandy
    June 11, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I just hope they’ll bring over Third Chapter as well.

  13. JackDandy
    June 11, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Keeping an eye on Xseed’s twitter account can do just as well ;)

  14. Kiryu
    June 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    XSEED/Falcom,a dream team made in heaven.

  15. Kiryu
    June 11, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hilarious but sad at the same time because it’s the truth.

  16. Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    Juan Manuel M. Suárez
    June 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Add their FB fanpage. Everything gets posted there on the spot~.