Durante has shared the second part of a series of previews of the features of the upcoming English localization of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero for PC.
First, the work with sprites is described in detail, with Durante giving a brief historical background on how the representation of sprites has changed in each subsequent version of the game. Then, to try and create the best possible iteration, the team decided to start with high quality Joyoland sprites and clean them up with a custom program so that there were no out of place artifacts.
The following quote best sums up the shortcomings of the Joyoland (Chinese version, aka Kai) sprites:
These sprites are shown at 200% (400% for PSP), making both the dithering artifacts in the Joyoland version quite noticeable, as well as the relative loss of detail and some slight distortion in the enlarged version.
In addition, an in-game option called “Character Glow” will be implemented, allowing players to select their desired color saturation and brightness between the original and updated sprite work.
The map textures are detailed below, with Durante explaining how the original PSP, Kai, and Joyoland versions differed from one another. Essentially, the original map textures were low-res, Kai was extensively upsampled with mixed results, and Joyoland used a mixture of the original and redrawn textures at the expense of the visual identity of the original.
To solve the myriad of potential problems with 2,586 map textures, an impressive program called “PH3 ImageTool” was created to determine how each game area should be visually approached.
Finally, let’s briefly discuss 3D assets. Since the team did not have access to the original 3D model data of the game, they had to resort to creating new tools designed to correct various minor graphical flaws.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero releases for Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC via the Epic Games Store and Steam on September 27, 2022.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure will release for Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via the Epic Games Store, GOG, and Steam in early 2023.