We promised to keep you in the loop for Trails of Cold Steel II's progress, so here's the first of our "XSEEDingly Small Blogs"!
Translation: 95% complete
Editing: 42% complete
And those numbers mean...we're right on schedule! Translation on the 1.45 million character monster started in February 2015, and editing began shortly after Trails of Cold Steel finished wrapping up.
While we reached the 40% mark over winter break, our first and second weeks back into the office have mostly consisted of putting together voice files and organizing what we need for English voice recording. We plan on hopping back in the booth in March, but you can never prepare for recording 11,000~ lines too early, I say!
We're keeping our launch window for Trails of Cold Steel II simply '2016' for now, but we hope to keep you guys regularly updated here on various parts of the process as we go along. Perhaps there's something specific you'd like us to touch up on in a future mini blog? If so, let us know!
As always, thanks for supporting the Trails series!
Elliot has never been one for knowing how to dress.
>fie wears a torsoless shirt but also wears a jacket
how did you not notice it running around in Nord Highlands, or visiting the cabin at the lake, that area is practically 15 FPS, or in the Park at Trista, or every Train Car intro cutscene, whole game is littered with FPS hits
Has Xseed commented on Cold Steel 3 at all yet?
Is he right?
The Trails in the Sky series are horrible. Here's 13 good reasons not to buy them:
1. Conversations drag on forever
2. Extremely linear and you are locked into an area of the Liberl Kingdom with no way to backtrack in the first game and most of the second
3. Battle system is slow and clunky
4. Bosses are cheap and keep reviving their buddies just to be annoying instead of provide a real challenge
3. Incest-like relationship between the main characters...
4. 90% of the main characters are boring and unconvincing
5. NPC conversations are even more boring
6. Very little creativity or variation in quests (mostly fetch an item, kill a monster, help someone, or deliver something quests)
7. Back story leaves something to be desired
8. Very obvious stealing of ideas and names from Chinese, European, and Bible stories, places, and people.
9. Music is a hit and miss especially for the first game.
10. Graphical assets over reused in all three games
11. Pixelated textures slapped onto poorly rendered 3D models
12. Very easy to miss unimportant items or have quest time run out if you don't know exactly what you're doing (people who haven't played these games before are going to find themselves getting screwed more than a few times with these)
13. If you didn't like The Legend of Heroes: Gagharv Trilogy (A Tear of Vermillion, Prophecy of the Moonlight Witch, or Song of the Ocean), there's a very likely chance you won't enjoy Trails in the Sky because the Gagharv Trilogy is much, much better
>I doubt the numbers will be that high with this one. Trails in the Sky (the first game) is boring as hell. It's not the game that everyone is expecting. It's extremely linear and despite all the world building they try to purport, you're locked into mini sections of the kingdom for each chapter so there's no way to backtrack. And with all the roads and stuff being so linear, there's no real sense of exploration. That right there takes the "RPG-experience" and kicks it in the balls. Most of the characters are quite bland as well. Somehow I don't think this one is going to be as well-received as Falcom thinks it's going to be. It's way different from what we get as far as JRPGs and WRPGs go in the states.
>I think people should save up for Tales of Graces F instead. That's way better than Trails in the Sky and it's finally coming in English if you haven't already imported it.
Is Graces f better than Trails in the Sky?
> I'd rather have a new game like Zero no Kiseki way over these old Ys ports and the damn Trails in the Sky games.
Is this guy a retard? Zero is basically the same thing, hell it even direcctly continues a story from the Sky games.
Graces F is garbage in literally every aspect aside from the combat.
Sen 3 will be about Lloyd getting a Gurren Lagann and yelling GIGA DRILL BREAKERRRRR all day.
Graces f had some excellent gameplay though.
I'll agree with the guy that the gameplay in Trails in the Sky wasn't very good. Especially the combat system which I was sick of by the middle of the game.
He'll have to praise the Wind and ask Gaius for it since it will all be apart of Gaius's keikaku
No, XSEED is skipping 4 games and jumping straight from Sora SC to Sen no Kiseki II
Hatsuu seemed exited and want to complete CSII as soon as possible.
She also lamented that they cannot bring Zero/Ao, those were her favourite entries, and still looking how to do it.
We need to beg Falcom to fully transform Lloyd into Simon so all the MCs can combine their robots together to form Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
Enjoy your googled translated game that's all you're getting.
Sasuga Falcom. Simon the digger vs Bananalinks was planned all along. The last kiseki game, everyone will have a mech and it'll be a super robot wars game.
I played Akiba's Trip last year and had no knowledge of this game series. That YAMETEKUREEEEEEEEEE constantly playing as an ad was pretty annoying. It's cool how I'm actually playing the game now.
>they can localize the audio for an in-game commercial
>they can't localize said audio for the game itself
Falcom/XSeed are full of shit. I don't know why people keep falling for their excuses.
Dubarry aka the cutest.
She was only a midboss with no screentime in Ao but she becomes one of the main antagonist in Sen 2
They paint her as Laura's rival at the beginning, felt they forgot about it
?? but the OP for Sen no Kiseki is in the localized version
And that's just a 15 second trailer with a single line from the character VA, I'd assume the specifics of licensing that would be totally different than an entire game.
Its possible, I guess. Two dominion against one. Still we dont know what he is capable of, we might need to wait CSIII.
>They paint her as Laura's rival at the beginning, felt they forgot about it
This so much. Neither of them got any kind of back story or development, even worse you can choose not to bring Laura along at some encounters and in the last one they wont even talk as rivals.
>They paint her as Laura's rival at the beginning, felt they forgot about it
That's too bad.
Yeah in term of rival stuff only Fie went somewhere but in her case it was more like a bunch of nice uncles being happy she has friends and stuff
Too bad both of them are really forgettable compared to Shirley and Sigmund.
Now THAT was good rivals, damn Ao is good
I'm not talking about the opening. Unless they made a new recording, it is still part of Sen no Kiseki's Japanese dub, so if licensing the audio is impossible, how come Acquire could do so, and ok it for international release?
Randy is strong but it's repeated times and times again that the SSS is good because they work as a team, the 4 of them are really complementary
Lloyd's defense skill are master class, Randy has his berserk mode and strong offense, Elie has range + healing and Tio support
Only two lolls are there anon.
Unless you count for Towa for some reason.
Shirley and Sigmund was good because you can actually see them in pretty much every chapter of the game. The motivation for the fight is also much more clear not just I hate you just because.
Tio is hardly a loli, she is 15 in Ao and develop quite well if you look at her figure in a swimsuit
Renne, Millium, Tita are the loli of Kiseki and KeA is daughter material
It's pretty likely that the single line of dialog is licensed out for the purposes of that PV. When they plaster a PV all over TV and widely distribute it for press, are the rights negotiated with the game's VA agency everytime it's used in a promotion?
Probably yeah based on what she knows of Laura's family.
Though my theory is that they aren't 200+ years old but went through a cold sleep of sort, Dubarry at least doesn't act like she is that age
>Fie went somewhere but in her case it was more like a bunch of nice uncles being happy she has friends and stuff Too bad both of them are really forgettable compared to Shirley and Sigmund.
Exactly! From SC to Ao they did this rival connected to my dark past stuff where you could see it belonged to an specific character moment. Hell even Agate in SC has its own moment with Lowe fighting him on his own, Lowe being Joshua childhood friend and yet it was nice they have a dialogue and battle where Agate grown. Crossbell arc? they took them to another level where there was geniune pressure by the Jaegars, they killed people, npc and Shirley nearly killed Rixia precious friend and she started to hate her. Didnt expect that development, of course Wald vs Wazy, Sigmud vs Randy, Lloyd vs Arios and the conection everyone had with the new Anguis.
>Rean's dutch doll
Why don't you consider Fie a loli then?
>Around the same size, Tio may be a bit smaller
>Tio probably has bigger breasts based on what we saw
Here's the vita version of this scene
I thought it was "Sleepy lolis?" well whatever.
Is that Joshua? Also What's wrong with her arm.
Yeah, I remember that the unsurtr fight (that ice dragon on floor 5) was a pain in the ass that suddenly became easy when I simply split my party up since it didn't use its stronger attacks due to not being able to hit more than 1 person at a time.
Sen 1's final dungeon music is pretty fucking fantastic.
Too bad Sen 2's final dungeon and final boss music are both generic orchestra shit with chanting
But would he let you pat his head?
I know that the only effects that were 100 for it were blind, nightmare and I'm not sure but maybe stat-down. It resisted everything else to a certain degree. Also the rock giant from the optional quest in nord highlands completely resisted delay with its 0.
You're right. I do remember that rock giant being the most difficult fight due to delay not working. It was a good thing that Millium was able to be invincible for the most part.
>tfw Crow will never return a book for the right reasons.
Guys, why does Alisa's panties and umbrella match?
Does it work this way for the other girls as well?
>Nothing about dual audio
I buy some many weeb games, I bought so many weeb games from them, why do they ignore weebs when they are a weeb company?
Guess I'll rebuy Dragon's Dogma, at least it has decent dubs.
it's one of her techniques
Well, assuming XSEED isn't just being greedy and lying out the ass, it does sound totally impossible. So it's either them localize it like this or never do it, and I doubt another localization company would do better. Like Atlus would be the only one to pick up this series, and they'd go dub-only right away.
The trailers for this game make the dub sound pretty bad, but watch a playthrough and you might not hate it. The male characters are really good especially Rean. Most of the females are good too.
The fact that we're never getting pic related.
Is there a more useless character in the kiseki universe?
Laura is very lucky she didn't go to the all girls school. They would all be crawling over her and eventually she'd get stuck in some kind of romantic comedy or mistaken for gay.
He's a great tank though. and those 4 lines make him great at crippling enemies with status conditions, Fie might also have 4 but one of her 1 slot only lines is a forced time gem slot.
He's not that useless. If it wasn't so easy to generate CP with everyone, he'd definitely be pretty strong. It's also nice to have a party member that's genuinely a nice guy with a good family and good upbringing.
I have better characters for that. I benched him the first thing when I got him.
That dungeon dialogue in Cold Steel II where Lloyd is nervous of having Rixia's perfect ass in front of him.
Too bad counterattacks require the enemy to be the same range. When you attack with Rean, it pushes enemies back, moving them out of range for Rean's short sword attack. And a lot of enemies have longer range, so you don't end up actually countering.
Falcom Gakuen Game where?
You can move around every town freely basically there are new highways that is connected to every place and dungeon, you can freely swamp any member you desire, you can use the motorcycle to move faster betweeen towns. Game is faster, almost no load time and has better animation overall with some updates in the battle system.
Those robot fights are horrible. What where they thinking?
>Trails of Coldsteel II translation almost done already a few weeks after the firsts release
>3rd just doesn't even get mentioned anymore
Slowly getting through TiTS SC before I start up ToCS. Is it just me or is this game substantially worse than the first?
>First four chapters are the same basic story over and over
>at the end you find the enforcer but instead of fighting them you fight generic monsters, and they finish the experiment anyway so your involvement didn't matter at all
>next two are alright, I'm finally getting into it
>The objective in the chapter I'm currently on is the same thing four times yet again and your involvement is just as meaningless, except it's worse because they're even more similar and there's nothing to do like side quests to break up the monotony
I get they're trying to establish the enforcers as extremely OP but there has to be a better way to do it than wasting 30 hours where the party accomplishes nothing.
You get a +80 ATK quartz later on
I couldn't play SC straight after FC. Sick of the combat system and the game being mostly backtracking was kind of annoying.
I just started Cold Steel now and will get back to SC later.
>you get the feeling that she is so bored of playing highschool
But that's wrong, she wants to enjoy highschool and likes it, even joined the gardening club and grew some flowers that she cared for enough to go out in the rain to set up a tarp to protect them.
>Zero no Kiseki fan translation in December 2016
>Ao no Kiseki in 2018 (this is still not confirmed for being 100% true)
I thought the gardening club would head towards the cliche path of "I wanted to create life instead of taking it away" from her merc past, but it didn't. Guess that's a good thing.
So yeah, people were talking about how they needed to make Rean a girl, but think about it, wouldn't that make Crow like another Joshua, they couldn't pull the same twist from FC again right?
Eh some of her dialogue is cliched like that. Like during the time she's depressed about Laura not liking her she says
>Zero no Kiseki fan translation
>ever being on schedule
and then it'll get a C&D right before its finished
I doubt they're going to take that long. The script is 60% translated. Though, I won't deny that something could happen and they delay it like with other projects. But I'm still expecting Zero to be released at least next year. Ao on the other hand might be never released in English or it'll be 2018-2020.
The whole class takes turns with her
Dunno. Ao is PSP only as they can't get the Chinese PC version and if Falcom doesn't port it to PC it has no chances of getting officially localized. And getting only Zero localized would be pretty stupid, but I'm sure you knew all of that already.
And here I thought she was gunning for Rean or maybe Laura's father. Also that scene with the motorcycle with Rean was great, he suddenly became more likable when suddenly he finally got a new hobby besides doing random chores to make Towa happy (not I blame him).
Still a fraction compared to the horrible 30 second load times the JP version originally had before the patch.
She is just too perfect. I wasn't expecting much from her going in, but then I heard her voice.
>Not a fuccboy
So it's okay to make fun of gays being gay as long as there is more to their character than being gay?
>Can't get myself to finish it because I'm too attached to the series
>Start a bunch of new games and really get into them
>Can't get myself to finish SC now because the gameplay is just so boring and the story is just so intentionally stretched out and slow paced
>writing a dissertation on the appearance and sexual preferences of a 2D character
Can't someone just fap in peace?
He's probably riding Mueller's dick every night by the time CS rolls in. Even Fie notices it.
We don't know if he's really gay,
and it doesn't really matter,but he probably just has an artist's soul and can appreciate beauty wherever he sees it.
>Finish FC in December
>Start SC next day after finishing FC
>Play it for ~10 hours
>Decide to take a break
>Forget about it
>Cold Steel comes out
>Start playing it
>Stopped playing it
>Started 2 other JRPGs
Just end it.
I'm going to marry Crow!
>Didn't realize I needed to spend tickets on people to dance with them later
>Thought they only needed to be link level 5
Well ok I wanted Alisa but I guess I'll dance with Crow instead.
Got any screen of the dancing event? Haven't got that far yet.
You don't dance with any of the guys though, you just say "let's blow this joint and drink non-alcoholic beverages together". You get funny dialog with Elise and the princess though.
I don't think Xseed can translate Ao because the PC version is Chinese only, unless they'd translate and release the PSP version which would be DOA. They could translate Zero however.
Just port the PSP games.
Maybe they could release the PSP version with PPSSPP included and all set up.
I think Sony might not be pleased though.
XSEED doesn't have a programmer for that, and it's up to Falcom to do it.
AO portraits are trash though.
>This isn't true though, since nobody is translating massive visual novels
VN get translated all the times, and often FOR FREE. Just look at stuff like seacats or muv luv.
>XSEED doesn't have a programmer for that, and it's up to Falcom to do it.
Can't they hire? I doubt PSP games are very hard to port.
They would be pretty low resolution compared to the previous games that got official PC ports unless they could get Falcom to help them out, but I doubt they would put much effort into an older JRPG, let alone a PSP game that already got a remake for the Vita
which will never be in English.
Surprisingly the Elliot version was the most straight one.
>VN get translated all the times, and often FOR FREE. Just look at stuff like seacats or muv luv.
I was referring to actual localizations. Also I'm pretty sure the muv-luv translation in its entirety took longer than SC. Also most VNs don't have as much text as SC.
>Not spending every waking moment doing random chores to make Towa happy
Towa's smile is all you need.
>also I'm pretty sure the muv-luv translation in its entirety took longer than SC.
Did you miss the part where I said for free? Of course a student translating for free is going to take more time than damn paid professionals.
> Also most VNs don't have as much text as SC.
Citation needed. Either way, it's a truckload of text.
Mangagamer made a damn business out of it.
I don't know if he can live solely for Towa anon.
I'd prefer a character with an actual personality be the main character rather than a moeblob who has no other features.
Oh wait that would rule out every character in Sen I and II
I knew this day would come when people would make dick references to her transformation technique.
>Mangagamer made a damn business out of it.
They translated text-heavy plot games like Kara no Shoujo 2 and Gahkthun recently. But sales are pretty poor. Maybe 500-1000. It's not good business to be doing these text-heavy works, especially sequels where less and less people play each further installment.
Hey it would be a good time to expand on Towa's personality, to show what happen behind her sweet mask as she fights to protect the person who worked so hard for her. Plus it beats Alisa being the protagonist.
As probable as Mcburn being future Rean who came back from the future.
Rean does have a personality it's just that he's the boring good guy that tries to save everybody and seems to have every power known to man. He reminds me of Ichigo from bleach.
lol, what in the fuck?
Hopefully it'll have a shota.
Though Falcom doesn't do shota.
Elliot is most fuckable than any shota.
>You will never be Anthony Burch OR Nightwolve
Life is beautiful.
That's why she so fat cause she's doesn't need to exercise with those abilities.
Seems X.X.XSEED "Spread/Spray/Splatter/Spill Your Seed!!" Games is REALLY living up to their creepy, triple X.X.X. freakshow nature, not just cause of Thomas Lipschultz, a highly animated, almost fanatical/obsessed defender of animated/cartoon ped0phile-p0rnography, and not just cause of Jeff "Le DeuceBag" Nussbaum, The X.X.XSEED Cock-Flasher (p0rnostar-wannabe), no no no, not just cause of those things, but for a perv "videogame" that they're about to bring to US shores! HAHAHAHA! Go figure!
>HuffingtonPost charges X.X.XSEED "Games" (*effectively* since they're not named, but are responsible for this) with, well, X.X.XCESS, that is, publishing what "may be one of the most despicable video games of all time!!!" HAHAHAHA, this is so awesome and REALLY made my day like you can't even imagine!!!! To find that the very two-bit, criminal company that cheated me is about to publish a "game" that's getting ripped apart on the >HuffingtonPuffingtonPost of all places, oh lordy, I just couldn't contain expressing the glee that I feel right now!! What a gift this is, truly, a high-traffic news organization giving X.X.XSEED negative PR, and surprisingly from something like the HuffPuffPost!
No, Towa is just unaware because she's so swamped with work from different people that she doesn't always focus on exactly what it is they're doing. She even one time accidentally dropped a salt pillar over Northumbria while carrying it.
He programmed the tool that was used to make the PC Ys fan translation patches. Xseed bought the translation, and obviously didn't give him any money since they were only using the scripts, not the tool he made. He got extremely butthurt about this and insists that he has a right to royalties because they used "his patch."
Which choice did you pick?
Looking at both of the pictures, I do kind of like how the Vita picture is lighter. I might need to turn up my brightness since I'm the one that posted the PS3 one.
>still only just started chapter 3
>bought lionheart edition of CS
>haven't even opened the box yet
>now this is out
Working fucking sucks. I don't have time for these 80 hour long JRPGs and I want to die.
I bought both and it's not that great looking when you actually have it in hand. The colors are more muted and dull on the Vita and I'm using a 1000, just mess with your TV if your PS3 one is to dark, I love the more vibrant colors on that version.
5 if conditions met. I got that today. Conditions were
no knock outs 1 AP
dodge and counter an attack 1 AP
no knock outs 1 AP
cancel an art 1 AP (killing someone that's doing an art isn't canceling)
How are there so many towa fags when she is hardly a character?
>I wonder if it didn't count Millium's counter for some reason.
I know it counted it for me, I had Millium use her invincibility craft then when Jusis smacked her it counted as a miss and then she attacked back.
Yeah I thought that too. Got allot of stuff to do next play through.
all of their events reveal more backstory about them.
No, I didn't even know who I wanted to save.