Greetings, fellow detectives! This is Zerker from the Geofront’s C Sector, and today has been a long time coming. While it has only been three months since we released Trails from Zero to the world, that short span of time has felt like an eternity to those of us on the team. As you can tell by this post, there is a clear reason for that. With great excitement, the Geofront is formally announcing its upcoming localization of Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki. Or, as we like to call it, The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure!
Yes, that’s correct—editing has reached 75%. Trails to Azure was always something that the team wanted to do, and we felt that the community deserves this entire, wonderful duology in all the glory it deserves. We intend on giving you an Azure that meets the quality that you saw in Trails from Zero; one that surpasses it would be even better, though. I, for one, have no doubt that this team is capable of doing just that.
I know that, for the most part, I was considered the Trails from Zero guy. That project brought so much happiness and so many opportunities to me, and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Without the Geofront, I probably wouldn’t have switched majors in college to English or ended up going to law school this Fall. I can’t thank Gu4n enough for taking a chance on me and allowing me to join the project. Because of all these new opportunities in my life—graduating college, getting married, going to law school—I decided that it would be best for me to take a more minor role in Trails to Azure. Instead of Lead Editor, I handed that role to Scott and took it upon myself to focus on Azure’s main scenario as a humble editor. I have the utmost faith that Scott, Arvin, and everyone on the team will surpass your expectations. To elaborate, Scott wants to lay out our plan for you all. Take it away!
Commencing Phase 2 of the Azure-Zero Project
There is so much to address—more than we can today. However, I think first and foremost we need to outline what this project’s base is and what exactly we are doing with it.
Just as with Zero, the Geofront’s localization of Azure is based on the tireless work of an original team that spawned from heroesoflegend.org. The game’s translation comes from the same lead translator as Zero’s, Guren no Heya Kara, with some additional translation work being done by an individual known as KOL, Flamethrower—the original project’s lead programmer—and the Trails community’s premier Tio Plato connoisseur, Kitsune.
To the original translators: Thank you. The Geofront’s hard work on Azure would never have been possible without you, and we will preserve your credit and legacy in every step of the project, just like we did with Trails from Zero.
As you may know, over the last two years, the fan translation of Ao no Kiseki has gone through many revisions. In 2018, Flamethrower released what is commonly referred to by fans as the ‘Flame edit’, which is the script that is currently on trailsinthedatabase.com. There has also been work done by other parties to alter the game’s scenario and provide further modifications to Azure.
Before saying anything else, we want to make it clear that the Geofront’s release of Trails to Azure is based solely on the original team’s unedited translation. In no way does it borrow from any third party community projects, nor is it a further revision of the Flame edit.
For the sake of accuracy and consistency, we chose to work with the least-altered version of the translation that Guren led, just as we did with Zero. After months of working with the game, we feel very confident in our decision. Additionally, the Geofront is taking steps to assure the highest possible translation accuracy—which includes retranslating entire sections when necessary.
Also, I think it’s necessary to address the elephant in the room and speak briefly about how to purchase the base game. All I can say right now is that we have found methods of purchasing the game, but we are still exploring our options to find the easiest method for the average consumer. As such, this is a topic that will be covered in more depth and clarity as we get closer to the release of the patch.
The C Sector (which you have likely deduced stands for ‘Crossbell Sector’) is made up of several talented and dedicated individuals. If I may say so, you would be hard-pressed to assemble a more qualified team to undertake a project of this scale. The team consists of the following:
- Lead Programmer: JoseJL
- Programmer: Ribose
- Lead Translator: Catasplurge
- Translator: Gu4n
- Translator: Shawn Cox
- Translator: Ravan
- Lead Editor: KillScottKill
- Editor: Arvin
- Editor: Zerker
- Editor: Addaberry
- Graphics: Sorcerian
- Video: Choojermelon
So, with that in mind, I want to conclude by saying I first met Zerker and Ribose two long years ago with the express intent of what we are announcing today. It is, quite literally, a dream come true to be bringing all of you not just my favorite Trails game, but my favorite game period. Please look forward to the Geofront’s release of Trails to Azure.