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#33301 nightc1   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   3765 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 23 June 2021 - 09:26 PM

Well, placed an order with my credit card and no pending charge or anything so that's something. 

If you don't get alerts like I do you may never see a charge show up since it's one of those temp charges that pop off.

The only hiccup may be whatever hoops you have to jump through to cancel if it ends up getting a domestic print.



#33302 itzd4n   Dank Lean CAGiversary!   1457 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago  

Posted 23 June 2021 - 09:55 PM

Wait what?

S/HE CAN, CONFIRM, S/HE BELIEVES



#33303 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   24192 Posts   Joined 17.0 Years Ago  

Posted 23 June 2021 - 11:57 PM

If you don't get alerts like I do you may never see a charge show up since it's one of those temp charges that pop off.

The only hiccup may be whatever hoops you have to jump through to cancel if it ends up getting a domestic print.

I hope does but would be shocked if there is a local release...



#33304 Mattiful-Joe   Henshin A Go-Go Baby! CAGiversary!   3339 Posts   Joined 17.8 Years Ago  

Mattiful-Joe

Posted 24 June 2021 - 05:16 AM

PA doesn't charge until they ship right? I'd rather have the PS4 version but figured this is worth a placeholder PO in case I miss that.


Will wait for a PS4 version before I compromise/settle for a Switch copy. That said, want more details on what, if any, differences there are in the unlockables, and what is (or isn't) on the disc/cartridge.

#33305 Vigilante   poyo CAGiversary!   38067 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 12:49 PM

Epic Games Store leaks The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, Trails to Azure, Trails into Reverie, and The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails for the west

 

These will likely be officially announced at Falcom's 40th anniversary stream airing tonight at 10pm PST.



#33306 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3286 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 12:54 PM

As someone who loves these games, that headline sounds almost too good or too oversimplified to be true (everything at once?).  Don't trust the epic store..  in regards to anything really.  Regardless, still excited and looking forward to watching the event tomorrow morning.  Sadly I can't wreck my sleep schedule during the work week by watching a stream in the middle of the night.



#33307 Vigilante   poyo CAGiversary!   38067 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 01:05 PM

As someone who loves these games, that headline sounds almost too good or too oversimplified to be true (everything at once?).  Don't trust the epic store..  in regards to anything really.  Regardless, still excited and looking forward to watching the event tomorrow morning.  Sadly I can't wreck my sleep schedule during the work week by watching a stream in the middle of the night.



#33308 nightc1   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   3765 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 02:27 PM

Falcom event I think is at 8pm CST for me.  I will try to watch it.  I should be home by then (going kayaking after work).   I'm new to paying close attention to the franchise.  Zero and Azure are the two Crossbell games.  They have switch ports as do the first two cold steel games.  Hopefully if they are getting localized for pc that means the switch versions will get localized.  First of those crossbell games is slated for fall 2022, so nothing anytime soon.    The other games are listed as 2023.

The event, I think (please correct if wrong) will be hosted on the New Game Plus Expo youtube channel:
https://www.youtube....Ihnyj3yrWqlIMrw

I subbed to it when the event was announced.   So far they haven't posted a "Live Stream" event or anything... so it may just be a video will just get turned on at the right time.

Last night I only ended up giving Warriors of Orochi 4 Ultimate and One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 a try on the switch.  I LOVED Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity to the the point of finishing most everything in the game and what I've played of Dragon Quest Heroes 1&2 on switch I loved... so figured I'd pick these two up when the physical copies got cheap.  Both games had one glaring flaw... no english dub.  Sure DQ Heroes 1&2 on switch has no english at all, but I love DQ so it's all good.  The dub issue is simply there are a lot of coversations going on while in the middle of fighting hundreds of dudes non stop.  Makes it hard to keep up with the story.  Orochi was a bit ... dull.  I am not familiar with the characters, couldn't keep up with the story, and the game play alone just felt generic with so little to root what you are doing and why.   I'll give it another couple missions before deciding but It's leaning towards the "not for me", sell pile.  Which this would be the wise decision as it's going down a huge rabbit hole if I decide to follow the musou genre instead of just where it touches franchises I love.   PW4 though was pretty fun.   Nice over the top moves, vibrant environments, colorful characters... it made for a better time.  I read One Piece for about a year or so as it was published to Shonen Jump magazine back over a decade ago... so I know the license, though I'm not enough of fan to chase games for it.  I'll give this one a little more time but I'm leaning towards keeping it for now.



#33309 Batto47  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 03:33 PM

Falcom event I think is at 8pm CST for me.


If you’re Central Time, it’s at midnight. If CST means somewhere else entirely, please disregard my ignorance lol Just making sure you have the right time for viewing

#33310 nightc1   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   3765 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 03:59 PM

If you’re Central Time, it’s at midnight. If CST means somewhere else entirely, please disregard my ignorance lol Just making sure you have the right time for viewing

Oh dang you are right.  I read 10pm PT and for some reason subtracted two hours instead of adding... in that case I'll probably just wait until the morning and find out then what happened.  It's not like anything will be happening soon.
 



#33311 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3286 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 05:21 PM

Yeah it's midnight for me in CST.  I asked in a discord for kiseki fans and was told this link will probably have the video archive in the morning.

 

Anyway aside from already expecting Hajimari next year, I've been waiting/hoping for these announcements for a long time.  I'm going to wait to hear the announcement direct from Falcom before truly processing it and reacting to it.  Exciting times though.



#33312 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10603 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 05:21 PM

We'll see about the Trails games. I know I got Zero/Azure translated on my PC. Just haven't been in the mood to play them yet. BTW since people are talking about Trails may as well as talk about some new VN releases. Also Steam summer sale started with many games.

 

Slobbish Dragon Princess LOVE + PLUS was released by Sekai Project/Denpasoft. This is a short fan disk. 18+ from Denpasoft and a free patch is available as well.

 

Steam

Denpasoft 18+ patch (NSFW)

Denpasoft (NSFW)

 

JAST USA is having their summer sale till June 28th.

 

JAST USA Summer Sale (NSFW)

 

They also announced Onigokko! from ALcot releasing June 29th. This game is about a story about a past story about Oni gathering treasures and a person and their friends defeated them. A descendant of the Oni is now trying to steal the treasures in the present day. Of course there is descendants of the person and their friends and they are in high school. When someone is posing as the male descendent it is time to investigate. This is from the My Girlfriend is the President makers, and those were entertaining as heck, so I expect this to be good.

 

VNDB (NSFW)

 

Mangagamer released Jeanne at the Clock Tower. Currently 10% off in the Summer sale. It's 18+ on Steam.

 

Steam (NSFW)

 

Their next game Distant Memoraĵo releases July 15th.

 

Robolife-Days with Aino released and it's a robo sim or something on Steam. I liked the way it looks but can't vouch for it.
 

 

Lastly Suzukuri Dungeon: Karin in the Mountain was released on Johren. This is a spinoff from the Shin Koihime Musou series. It's like a tower defense dungeon building thing. It has a 20% discount till July 2nd.

 

Johren (NSFW)

VNDB (NSFW)



#33313 shadowysea07   Cjenvy I'm ready for you awd this time I'm wearing pants CAGiversary!   6442 Posts   Joined 8.2 Years Ago  

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Posted 24 June 2021 - 07:23 PM

Hahaha my procrastinating paid off then if they are localizing the 2 games azure and zero.



#33314 srocky26  

Posted 24 June 2021 - 08:21 PM

I’ve almost finished Zero on my Vita. I would need Ao to come to the Switch for me to consider this localization, otherwise I’ll stick with the Vita version when the Geofront patch is finished.

#33315 itzd4n   Dank Lean CAGiversary!   1457 Posts   Joined 11.0 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 12:59 AM

Trails of cold steel III bundles are up at NISA store as well as ToCS IV NSW CE

#33316 Covnam   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1447 Posts   Joined 16.4 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 01:47 AM

Wow, that'd be amazing if true for the Trails series. If all those come over I won't have any more excuses not to get started lol



#33317 srocky26  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 02:40 AM

Trails of cold steel III bundles are up at NISA store as well as ToCS IV NSW CE

Thanks for this.

CS3 for Switch has dropped to $39.99. The PS4 version has become more difficult to find.

CS4 for PS4 is on sale at GameStop for $39.99.

#33318 bappt   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1017 Posts   Joined 16.0 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 05:32 AM



#33319 nitrosmob   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10603 Posts   Joined 15.0 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 05:37 AM

With how I play games I will likely not get to the games right away anyway and by the time I want to play them It will be 2023 and I will be ready! I have the TitS games to go through before this. Yeah I've barely played any of them.



#33320 MulderYuffie   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1204 Posts   Joined 11.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 25 June 2021 - 06:58 AM

Love the trails games so happy to see these finally coming and on Switch too!

#33321 Covnam   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1447 Posts   Joined 16.4 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 07:12 AM

Likes like everything (including Reverie) has been confirmed for PS4/Switch/PC :)

 

Now if the Trails in the Sky games could see a discount more than the same 50%, 35% and 25% that they've been getting for years....



#33322 Photophonic  

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Posted 25 June 2021 - 12:55 PM

It looks like Target extended their sale for Scarlet Nexus. It is currently $50 for PS4 and 5 until Saturday.

#33323 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3286 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 01:42 PM

Well I just finished watching the 90min archive.  I'm going to pretend that the cringelord emcee didn't exist and say it was all really worthwhile.  I'm surprised they threw in a Nayuta announcement since that's an offshoot game and not connected to the main kiseki plotline.  But hey I'll take it - and the fact they consider it important enough to bring over might mean that it has relevance to the main plotline in future developments.  The only thing I am slightly disappointed by is the 2023 release for Hajamari.  The title for the western release, Trails into Reverie, isn't a direct translation but will probably make more sense after playing the game.  Players don't really find out why our most recent arc is titled CS until the end of the third game, for instance.
 

Now if the Trails in the Sky games could see a discount more than the same 50%, 35% and 25% that they've been getting for years....

Honestly I would just buy the Sky games at the current steam sale prices.  The games are very much worth supporting. Since they're all published by xseed I wouldn't expect any great departures from the established pricing trends or any influence from the current announcements, which are all under NISA.  

With how I play games I will likely not get to the games right away anyway and by the time I want to play them It will be 2023 and I will be ready! I have the TitS games to go through before this. Yeah I've barely played any of them.

Do your own pace for sure.  If anyone is having trouble getting through Sky FC, SC, or 3rd, I really don't recommend skipping them.  In that event I'd say just play through the game on Easy and abuse turbo mode.  Down the road you can revisit them if you'd like - all of these games cater to ng+ replays.  

 

I’ve almost finished Zero on my Vita. I would need Ao to come to the Switch for me to consider this localization, otherwise I’ll stick with the Vita version when the Geofront patch is finished.

Yeah, Azure (Ao no Kiseki) is in my opinion still the high point in the series.  It's probably my favorite game, period.. so I will probably buy all physical versions.  However the geofront translation, something I was involved in minor ways, will still be important.  It's completely accessible and playable between now and the distant 2023 official release. 

 

At the end of the day I see two versions of Zero & Azure worth owning / preserving.  One is the official translation, obviously.  The versions that we are getting in the official releases are very likely based on the recent "Kai" releases in jpn.  The kai versions mainly added some Cold Steel characters who had a history in Crossbell.  Note that the Kai releases do not have the extra content from the Evo releases, which have a handful of extra quests ingame and a significant amount of additional voiced lines.  As a result, a geofront patch (with added voices) on pc or, even better, a vita version of Ao Evo with geofront patch (requires a modded system) will also be worth having.

Edit:  Wrote this before I saw geofront announcements.  Sadly this has come with the patches no longer being officially available.  I guess one cool thing will be the chest messages I wrote might be in the actual, printed version of the game.



#33324 nightc1   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   3765 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 02:39 PM

Somehow last night I was up at 11:45pm so I decided to find the stream and watch it live. The youtube channel I had was right but they didn't even announce the live stream until it was about to be live so I ended up tracking down the twitch stream and watched it there.

Overall the event was pretty cool.  It was kind of interesting too that between the youtube feed and the twitch feed they only manged to get just over 4000 concurrent viewers.  Not too surprising as it was geared for the North America and Europe markets specifically but then they go and put it on at times that are completely inconvenient to both markets.   Also kind of interesting that the event, other than the message from the president of the company, actually appeared to be a live event and not prerecorded.  That band was great.  Audio mixing on it was solid as the sax really fit in well with the dualing guitars and the audio levels seemed really well engineered.

The announcements were spoiled, but it was cool to get confirmation that these were coming to Switch.  Funny though every announcement was followed with saying they'd be on all systems... but then it listed Switch, Playstation, and PC.  Poor Xbox.

Only odd moment was that strangely long intermission with the looping song.  But this gave time to read the chat and see what people were saying.

I was slightly disappointed that the CS1&2 Switch ports had no anouncements for localizaion, but considering they made a big deal about NIS being their partner on all games... it makes some sense. Not sure how the licensing is tied up with Xeed but it would be cool if Xeed saw the interest in the franchise and would do something to fill that gap before the other games start coming out next fall. Sort of like Sega realizing that Shenmue 1 & 2 coming out could capitalize on Shenmue 3.
 

However the geofront translation, something I was involved in minor ways, will still be important.  It's completely accessible and playable between now and the distant 2023 official release.


I don't know if this is true, but during the live feed on Twitch people were saying in the chat that the devs have paid the geofront team for their translations and will be using them for a base of their own translations. Which, honestly, I think that's a smart decision as it gives them somewhere to start and makes meeting these launch dates easier.

#33325 srocky26  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 02:42 PM

Well I just finished watching the 90min archive. I'm going to pretend that the cringelord emcee didn't exist and say it was all really worthwhile. I'm surprised they threw in a Nayuta announcement since that's an offshoot game and not a part of the main kiseki universe. But hey I'll take it. Only thing I am slightly disappointed by is the 2023 release for Hajamari. The title for the western release, Trails into Reverie, isn't a direct translation but will probably make more sense after playing the game. Players don't really find out why our most recent arc is titled CS until the end of the third game, for instance.

Honestly I would just buy the Sky games at the current steam sale prices. The games are very much worth supporting. Since they're all published by xseed I wouldn't expect any great departures from the established pricing trends or any influence from the current announcements, which are all under NISA.
Do your own pace for sure. If anyone is having trouble getting through Sky FC, SC, or 3rd, I really don't recommend skipping them. In that event I'd say just play through the game on Easy and abuse turbo mode. Down the road you can revisit them if you'd like - all of these games cater to ng+ replays.

Yeah, Azure (Ao no Kiseki) is in my opinion still the high point in the series. It's probably my favorite game, period.. so I will probably buy all physical versions. However the geofront translation, something I was involved in minor ways, will still be important. It's completely accessible and playable between now and the distant 2023 official release.

At the end of the day I see two versions of Zero & Azure worth owning / preserving. One is the official translation, obviously. The versions that we are getting in the official releases are very likely based on the recent "Kai" releases in jpn. The kai versions mainly added some Cold Steel characters who had a history in Crossbell. Note that the Kai releases do not have the extra content from the Evo releases, which have a handful of extra quests ingame and a significant amount of additional voiced lines. As a result, a geofront patch (with added voices) on pc or, even better, a vita version of Ao Evo with geofront patch (requires a modded system) will also be worth having.

Sounds like Geofront have pulled their translations because they’re working with NISA to use the Geofront translations for the official releases. Looks like I might not get my Vita patch and will need to wait the 2 years for an official release of Azure.

https://geofront.est...th-nis-america/

#33326 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3286 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 02:48 PM

Looks like I might not get my Vita patch and will need to wait the 2 years for an official release of Azure.

Yeah, so much information to process all at once.  I watched the archive first thing in the morning before reading anything current online.  During the video the idea was starting to click in the back of my mind once I saw the titles and logos of the official announcement.  ("from Zero" "to Azure" are distinctively geofront.) Sadly I think you might be correct - a vita Evo patch for Azure, a work that was currenty in progress, might be a casualty here.  If anyone needs help getting the files for pc between now and 2023 just pm me, hah.



#33327 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3286 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 02:59 PM

Audio mixing on it was solid as the sax really fit in well with the dualing guitars and the audio levels seemed really well engineered.

Yeah they the performances were really solid.  The sax and vocals in particular were extremely on point for a live performance.  My favorite track of the event was the one taken from YS VIII, which best translated to the context of a live band performance.



#33328 Vigilante   poyo CAGiversary!   38067 Posts   Joined 15.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 03:12 PM

One thing I can say for sure: If NISA offers Collector's Editions for all of these new Trails games similarly priced to their CS3 & 4 CEs and with similar bonus items (at least the steelbook), I'm getting all of them.

 

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#33329 gospelman   Irreducibly Complex CAGiversary!   3286 Posts   Joined 11.9 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 03:20 PM

One thing I can say for sure: If NISA offers Collector's Editions for all of these new Trails games similarly priced to their CS3 & 4 CEs and with similar bonus items (at least the steelbook), I'm getting all of them.

For sure.  Yesterday/today was huge.  And fans who have purchased/repurchased Falcom releases over the years made yesterday happen.  

 

Also just a note to anyone watching the archived video:  Don't watch the images shown during the last song from Hajimari / Reverie.  Contains significant Cold Steel spoiler(s).



#33330 cloudmd23   Tojo Clan Member CAGiversary!   248 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

Posted 25 June 2021 - 03:20 PM

Last night was Kiseki Christmas and I am so here for it. I too am glad I waited before playing them.