The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III was recently confirmed for a Western release by NISA exclusively for the PS4 set for a Fall 2019 release. Today it was revealed key members that the original localization team from the first two games, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I and II, are returning for the third game.
Trails of Cold Steel III’s “New Class-VII”
The localization of the game has been a huge point of controversy since NISA are replacing XSEED as the handlers of the the third Trails game. XSEED are credited to have made the Trails series popular in the west with their excellent work localizing the huge games starting with Trails in the Sky back in 2011. With NISA having made a mess of the localization of the recent Falcom title, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana and its PC port, fans weren’t too keen on them getting the lore and text heavy Trails games.
In their PAX South 2019 panel Nippon Ichi Software America addressed these issues and confirmed that they’re bringing back three of the key members of the original localization team from the first two Trails games for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III.
Localization of the Trails series was more of a passion project for these people and its great to see them returning. Brittany Avery even commented she never expected to return to work these games again:
i've received a lot of nice messages today. i'm on cold steel iii as a freelancer, but i didn't expect to be able to work on the series again, so i'm grateful i was given the chance.
— Brittany Avery | ブリトニー・エイブリー (@Hatsuu) January 19, 2019
Thoughts on the news? This certainly gives me some hope that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III will get a good enough localization effort.