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Ten years after its release in Japan, Nihon Falcom RPG The Legend of Heroes: Ao no Kiseki receives an English translation from a highly respected fan translation group called Geofront. The translation, published under the English title Trails to Azure, has been created for years finally releasing on Saturday, May 22nd.
"I would like to think that after more than a year of tireless work, we have successfully made my favorite game of justice of all time," wrote lead editor Scott. "I truly believe that we have left no stone unturned in the location of Azure. This is our love letter not only to the Trails series, but to our predecessors who located these games in front of us and those who they will continue to locate them after us. "
It can be difficult to keep track of how many games are in the Legend of Heroes JRPG series, which began in 1989, especially when exploring the Trails in the Sky sub-series and its multiple sub-series.sub series, such as Trails of Cold Steel. (The fourth and final game of Cold Steel has just come out and Steam in April). Most Trails games have been released in the West by XSEED and NIS America years after they were released in Japan, but some have never finished.
Geofront released a fan translation of another missing Trails game, Trails from Zero, in 2020. Trails to Azure is the sequel to this game and has only been officially released in Japanese and Chinese. The Geofront translation patch will actually be applied to the Chinese version of the game, which you can purchase digitally. Geofront wrote a step to do exactly that here. The release of Geofront isn’t technically Azure’s first English translation – another fan effort was released in 2018 – but it’s certainly one that fans of the series are delighted with.
Coincidentally, the Steam version of Trails to Azure will also arrive later this year, but only in Chinese and Korean. Geofront has said it "has no plans" to release a patch for this version of the game (or for its PSP or Vita ports), but other modders may grab the torch and patch Geofront's script on these versions someday.