Trails from Zero will soon be accessible to English audiences, with quality and care to match the official releases of other Trails games.
The long-awaited fan translation patch of The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki will be available on March 14. It’s been rebranded as Trails from Zero to keep in line with the official English releases. Modding team Geofront has released a remarkably high-quality trailer to commemorate.
Zero no Kiseki originally released for the PSP back in 2010, with a PC release in 2013. An enhanced version titled Zero no Kiseki: Evolution was also released on the Vita in 2012, featuring full voice acting for the main story. The Trails from Zero patch is for the PC version of the game only; there are currently no plans to release a PSP or Vita patch.
A fan translation patch of Trails from Zero has existed for a while, but the Geofront set out to take that base translation and edit it to reach the standard of the officially localized releases. The same original team also released a translation patch for the sequel Ao no Kiseki (Trails of Azure).
The Geofront’s patch features a number of enhancements beyond the translation edits, however. Numerous bugfixes and performance improvements have been made. New features include a turbo mode, a message log, and even autosaves. As for the script, it has been meticulously overseen by ardent Trails fans to be as accurate and in-line with the official series releases as possible. English players jumping in with only Trails in the Sky or Trails of Cold Steel experience should be right at home.
Trails from Zero takes place shortly after the conclusion of the Trails in the Sky trilogy, running concurrently to the first Trails of Cold Steel. The events of Zero and its sequel are referenced in Trails of Cold Steel 2; it even included a brief section where main character Lloyd is playable to bridge the gap between the two games. Even so, Zero and Azure are perfectly playable on their own without that knowledge, and vice versa.
With official PS4 ports of Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki due out in April, some fans had hoped it would mean that an official localization was coming. Even developers Nihon Falcom have stated their desire on the subject. Alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated if it does. I’m still waiting on a localized release of Trails of Cold Steel 4, personally… hint hint, NISA.
A full step-by-step guide on installing the patch will be provided by the Geofront on release day. A Japanese PC copy of Zero no Kiseki will be required, with links to official retailers already available on their website. Be sure to check back there on March 14. See you in Crossbell!