One of the members of fan group Zerofield, Kitsune, has announced that publisher NIS America has contacted the team about their work being copyright infringing. Additionally, and most notably, the company has asked the Zerofield team to cease their work altogether.
For those unaware, Zerofield created a spreadsheet and overlay program for the latest entry in the Trails series, The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki. Unfortunately, there has been no word on this title receiving an official localization. And while it’s certainly expected to happen at some point, the gap between Japanese and Western releases for Falcom games makes an effort to stop fan translation work rather troubling and frustrating.
Still, all we can do is wait and see what develops. Kitsune has stated that they are hoping to speak to NIS America about this issue, and they hope to come to a resolution soon. As of now, their work and website are still live.
- Zerofield also made their fan translation spreadsheet and overlay program compatible with the recently released PC version of The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki.
Kitsune’s full tweet on this matter is viewable below:
Hey everyone! A quick update: NISA has notified us about perceived copyright infringements on the Zerofield site and asked us to stop our work. We are waiting for further clarification and hoping to talk to them, but for now the site and spreadsheets are offline.
— Kitsune (@kitsune547) September 1, 2022
UPDATE: Another member of Zerofield, MilliumMan, has announced that NIS America is not willing to negotiate with the team and that they must remove all spreadsheets from Trails from Zero to Kuro no Kiseki.
The tweet announcing this development is viewable below:
Sorry for the silence since this started. We wanted to keep things quiet, but in a community this tight-knit speculation is gonna get out there. We've heard back, and NISA isn't willing to negotiate with us. They've clarified we have to take down all the sheets, from Zero to Kuro
— Corey "Millium Man" Corey (@MilliumMan) September 1, 2022
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The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II Crimson Sin is releasing for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in Japan on September 29, 2022.
The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is the latest entry of the ongoing Trails series, taking place after the recently concluded Cold Steel Erebonia arc, and after The Legend of Heroes: Hajimari no Kiseki, releasing in the west in 2023 as The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie.
This new title takes place in Calvard, one of the central regions of the series’ setting, the continent of Zemuria. While there are several returning characters from the Liberl, Crossbell, and Erebonia arcs, there is also a slew of new characters, each with their own struggles, relationships, and goals that enhance the liveliness of the in-game world.
Additionally, combat has undergone a significant shake-up, with action now freely swappable with turn-based in several circumstances, granting an impressive degree of player choice.
The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is now available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam.
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