The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is 100% TranslatedXSEED has been working on this for a while, it would seem. 06.14.15 - 10:29 PM
XSEED recently announced that, in addition to the long-awaited Trails in the Sky Second Chapter
, they would also be bringing Sen no Kiseki
westward this fall under the name Trails of Cold Steel
. In a recent blog post, which you can find linked below, XSEED confirmed that not only would we getting both the first and second game in physical and digital format, but that the first entry was already 100% translated. It seems like they didn't want to "jump the gun" on making the announcement, which I'm sure fans appreciate. Less waiting!
They also addressed concerns about missing out on some of the earlier games in the series (that bridge Trails in the Sky and Cold Steel.
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 (which I will henceforth be calling Trails to Zero and Trails to Azure, though those should not be considered final or official names)—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?
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.”
So, there you have it. It looks as though both series veterans and newcomers can look forward to Trails of Cold Steel when it comes out this fall for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Speaking as someone who appreciated but was somewhat tentative about Trails in the Sky on Retro Encounter, I think the Cold Steel games look really interesting. We'll keep you posted as we find out more!