The Legend of Heroes RPG series has been around for quite some time, with it’s origins going all the way back to 1989, when it was part of the Dragon Slayer series.
Trails in the Sky was originally released exclusively in Japan on the PC in 2004, then made its way to the PSP in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2010 when Xseed Games announced that they would be localizing the game for release in North America.
Some gamers may be asking themselves right now, “Why is this a big deal?” For those that may not know, Trails in the Sky features over 1.5 million characters in the game – leading prior companies to avoid localizing it.
The Xseed Games’ blog recently came back from an hiatus and with that Jess, who is one of the editors translating the game, had this to say about the experience:
Trails in the Sky… What can I say? It’s long. It’s so long that many companies have avoided localizing it for years (the body count has always been off-putting for some reason). Conflicting reports put the total game text at ~1.5 million Japanese characters, but all ’I' know for certain is that I worked from home 11-14hrs a day, 6 days/week, lost 7lbs, cut off 18inches of my hair and used the XSEED twitter account to further the cause of bacon on more than one occasion. In the end we had to employ a total of 3 translators, 1.25 editors (myself, and Tom had to jump in the last month to help me finish chapter 4) and one or two other helpful Sora no Kiseki experts that didn’t mind spontaneous Instant Messages asking about whether or not certain characters would be at home saying things like, “Lo! I am hoist with my own petard!”
With all of the hard work and devotion that Xseed Games has put into getting this game ready for release, fans of the series surely should be pleased with the end result.
After nearly seven years since the game’s original release, will the North American release be met with success? Will you be picking up The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky?
Let us know with your thoughts and comments below!
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is expected to be released this March on the PSP.
Source: Xseed Blog