This past week, XSEED Games has been in the spotlight for a company policy that features staff members in the ending credits of their titles, most specifically the recent PlayStation 4 releases of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I and II.
The initial issue steemed from an ex-XSEED Games localization editor, Brittany Avery, who worked on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions of the game. The editor wrote in a tweet, “oh lol… the ps4 ending credits for cold steel 1 were updated so my name isn’t in them…so I’m guessing it’s the same for cold steel 2 as well.” and followed up with, “I’ll be really bummed if the same thing happens with mysteria’s physical version just because it launched after I left.”
The Tweet was met with negative criticism towards the publisher for the practice of removing the name of someone that worked on the game. Some might remember when Tom Lipschultz asked to be removed from the credits after Akiba’s Beat was found out to be censored. However, this was a choice on his part and the consequences were ones that he understood.
However, it seems that Brittany Avery knew that this would happen in a tweet from 2018 where the editor responded to the tweet asking if she’ll be credited in Cold Steel Kai (The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I), she responded via a Tweet that read, “idk, most likely won’t be since XSEED credits aren’t based on who does the work but who’s employed at the time. it’s why you’ll see me in the credits of something like gal metal when I wasn’t involved.”
Furthermore, it seems that one of XSEED Game’s other editors who worked on the PS3 and PS Vita version of the game chimed in and said in a Tweet statement, “Nobody’s noticed that I’m not in the credits, but as an editor on TOCS1-3… I’ve been not-credited in so many games that were so important to me that I’m content to be in just three versions of Trails of Cold Steel 1. I don’t see my absence in the PS4 version as a slight.”
In terms of what he did on the project, Kris Knigge was the NPC and side-event editor on the project, which is arguably the best content in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I. In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, he was made Editor and VO supervisor on the project.
If the policy is faulty, that’s one thing, but it’s something these team members knew and understood when they began working for the company. To address this now in this outraged manor seems a bit hyperbolic considering that its a practice that has been in place with not just this company, but others as well.
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