The Legend of Heroes is a massive series with multiple RPGs that span many characters and various parts of its vast world. When it comes to the western releases, we have some holes missing with the Crossbell arc not getting an official English release yet, despite newer games like the Trails of Cold Steel series making it over. There are of course some fan-made translations out there, but someone like me much prefers to wait for official releases.

This is why it’s very exciting to hear Nihon Falcom announce that they will be releasing PS4 remasters of The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki in Japan for Spring 2020. These remasters are based on the original PSP games that came out back in 2010 and 2011.

Very similar to other series remasters, like Trails of Cold Steel Kai and Cold Steel 2 Kai, the Crossbell games will also feature similar upgrades such as a higher resolution, full voice-acting, and a higher frame rate. These newer games will also have the “Kai” moniker to indicate that it’s an improved version of their original releases. In addition, the remasters will also have a “High-Speed” Mode to play the game faster and the option to skip certain battle scenes if you want.

The reason for why this is so exciting for me is mostly due to how much of a fan I am of The Legend of Heroes series. Ever since Trails in the Sky, I have fallen in love with the world and characters of every game. However, there have been some bumpy rides with how the bigger implications of the story are told. There are many details that you can completely miss out on by not playing Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki, which only came out in Japan. This left English-speaking players in the dark on this essential part of the Legend of Heroes story for a very long time. Every time I played Cold Steel II and III, fans would constantly bring up the Crossbell games as the answer to all of my questions whenever characters within the game made a hyper-specific reference to something I wasn’t privy to.

It was annoying and also bothersome knowing that there was no official way for me to play through these games in English without jumping through some weird hoops to play inaccurate fan translations or waiting forever for the actually good fan-made translation. In any case, after this announcement, and based on Nihon Falcom’s track record of bringing games over to the west via localizers such as NIS America and XSEED Games, I am very confident that the Crossbell games will finally make the western debut I’ve been waiting for. Not only that, but seeing as how Cold Steel III was recently confirmed to release on Nintendo Switch and PC, there could also be a chance that the newest remasters will make it to other platforms as well.

Aside from the normal hype involved with the series itself, my excitement also comes from the timing of it. Now that the newest generation of consoles are making themselves manifest, the previous generation will slowly be fazed out in favor of the newer machines. Ironically, it isn’t until the end of a console’s life where you start to see the greatest games ever made be released and truly push these consoles to their limit. Usually, these aforementioned games are Japanese RPGs that act like swan songs for the console the people are leaving behind. This even goes as far back as Chrono Trigger on the SNES, Persona 4 on PS2 and Mother 3 on GBA. It’s usually JRPGs close to the end of a console’s life or relevance where you truly find the good stuff.

And so, The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki and Ao no Kiseki fits perfectly in this category. It might be just a re-release for Japanese fans, but it’ll be a first for most western players, including myself. It is only a matter of time before Falcom announces a western release for 2020, and I will finally get the full picture of The Legend of Heroes without missing anything.

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