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.