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Zero And Ao no Kiseki Kai Switch Ports in Japan Pull Us Closer To English Localization

Zero no Kiseki Kai and Ao no Kiseki Kai coming to Switch in Japan brings an official English localization closer than ever.

November 12, 2020

On November 12, Nihon Falcom published its latest financials, and mentioned through them plans for more global expansion in 2021. Meaning yet another hint the remasters Zero no Kiseki Kai and Ao no Kiseki Kai should be localized soon.

In the document, Falcom explains it aims to expand further its games in Japan, North America and Asia, on multiple platforms: PS4, Switch, PC and smartphones.

Falcom also announced it will launch multiple games in Japan for its 40th anniversary in 2021. Including the next Trails game following Hajimari no Kiseki.

Now, as you probably already heard, Falcom and Clouded Leopard Entertainment announced on October 29 that several Trails / Kiseki games will receive Switch ports in Japan and Asia, including The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki Kai, and Ao no Kiseki Kai.

Zero no Kiseki Kai will release on Switch on February 18, 2021. Ao no Kiseki Kai on April 22, 2021. And the four Trails of Cold Steel games in Summer 2021. The games will be in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Trails of Cold Steel III is already out on Switch in the West, and Trails of Cold Steel IV is also coming to Switch in Summer 2021. However, it’s the first time ever Zero and Ao are coming to Switch. This is true for the first two Cold Steel games as well.

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These will be Switch ports of the PS4 remasters that were released in Japan and Asia in 2020. Back then, Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo said the PS4 ports are here to facilitate a Western release. It’s likely the Switch ports of Zero and Ao no Kiseki Kai follow the same logic. While fans have been translating the games, we’re still waiting for official localization in English. Zero and Ao coming to Nintendo Switch in Japan make a Western release more likely than ever.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steeel IV was just released in English by NIS America on PS4. The game is also coming to Switch and PC in 2021. Be sure to check our review.

We should learn more about Falcom’s 2021 games and the next Trails / Kiseki game at the Falcom Day 2020 Winter, to be held on December 20.

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