The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is putting a lot of effort into features for the PC port

The upcoming port of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero seems to be struggling to accommodate the wide range of PC hardware fans that are using it. To be blunt, it’s not really the kind of game you’d expect to have a robust port, but the developers are working really hard on it. Harder, in fact, than anyone could have expected.

First published in 2010 for the PlayStation Portable, The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero is part of the Trails sub-series of the long-running The Legend of Heroes JRPG series. They’re consistent hits in Japan, but more of a niche series in the US – especially on PC.

in a thorough publish (opens in new tab) on Steam, PH3’s CTO Peter Thoman dives into a pile of updates made for this new port. This includes figuring out how to support ultrawide and traditional 4:3 aspect ratios in a fixed perspective, including the scalable UI. There’s also mouse support for the entire game: “In fact, the entire game can be played feasibly and comfortably using just the mouse! Even minigames are fully supported,” says Thoman.

Additional improvements are things like better draw distance, support for variable frame rates up to 144 FPS, and anti-aliasing up to 8x MSAA. It’s above and beyond what you’d expect for a PC port, frankly – I’d say it’s what we should expect, but I’m afraid it’s set an unrealistic expectation for every other port in the future.

There are also updates to the game itself, such as a message log similar to modern Trails games, better rendering and graphics, optimization, and platform features. Thoman promises to put them in future posts.

You can find The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero on Steam (opens in new tab)where it is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2022.

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