Trails from Zero Shares Intricate PC Features; No Distance Pop-In, Full Mouse Support, Message Log, 144 FPS & So Much More

NIS America and Durante have shared extensive details regarding the upcoming PC port of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero.

First, Durante clarifies that this version of the title uses “Kai” as the base, which is the PlayStation 4 version developed by Falcom. However, it innately lacks some aspects not present in the Chinese PC and Geofront releases, causing Durante and his team to implement custom additions.

Aspect ratios are discussed, with the team managing to have created “some tooling to extract and edit the original level geometry” and thereby adjust geometry issues. Further, they stuck with the “letter- or pillar-boxed layout for menus while adjusting the implementation of all floating HuD elements to anchor them to a screen location.” This makes supporting various aspect ratios like 4:3 and ultrawide doable.

Mouse incorporation is boasted, with it even being possible to fully play through the game using it, including minigames. Moreover, the following additions were implemented alongside the options to enable and disable specific facets individually:

  • Mouse Menu Navigation which includes the ability to naturally select elements such as tabs in menus and characters in the equipment screen by clicking their portraits. It also includes mouse wheel scrolling in item menus — actual scrolling, not moving your cursor (a distinction I need to mention since it’s a pet peeve of mine).
  • Mouse Movement – Implemented as click-and-hold, similar to earlier PC Falcom games, or most mouse-driven PC ARPGs for that matter. This includes lots of customization options, which should be sufficient to make it feel right for almost everyone.

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As if those aforementioned aspects weren’t enough, UI scaling is implemented and dependent on screen size with original PSP layout options. Character status display can also be chosen to be hidden, and a Trails to Azure feature, showing status states for only selected characters in battle, was added.

A custom message log has been added, which is pretty awesome as that was only a Geofront addition, and all dialogue can be hidden with one button. Furthermore, distance pop-in is wholly eliminated in this release. Regarding framerate, up to 144 FPS will be tested and supported, surpassing all previous releases of the game.

Lastly, MSAAx8, FXAA, as well as anisotropic texture filtering are all supported alongside individually configurable frame limiting and refresh rates.

I recommend giving Durante’s entire post a read for more intricate details. Future blog posts are stated to discuss Trails from Zero’s bug fixes, optimization, and platform features.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is releasing for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam on September 27, 2022.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure is releasing for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store, GOG, and Steam in early 2023. Its limited edition and unaffixed merchandise are available to pre-order, too (the PS4 version is sold out).

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is releasing for PlayStation 5 natively in Fall 2022. The Limited Edition is currently available for pre-order.

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Orpheus Joshua

Random gamer equally confused by the mainstream and the unusual. Fan of JRPGs, Action, Platformers, Rhythm, and Adventure titles.