Nihon Falcom selected publisher NIS America as its partner for more than just English localization. NIS America (or NISA) has officially released The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki on PC edition in Japanese. The announcement went out through its PR channels and publicly via the official NIS America social media accounts. The game is available on Steam.
It should be emphasized that this is the Japanese-language edition of The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki on PC. It does not have support for any other language. Overall the situation is similar to that of NIS America’s publishing of The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails on PC, where the Japanese edition will come out first, with the English localization patched in when it’s ready.
The PC edition of Kuro no Kiseki was developed by NIS America and PH3, the studio founded by famed PC software modder Peter “Durante” Thoman. In a Steam blog, Thoman wrote about some of the features of the port. According to Thoman, PH3 employed a lot of newly established infrastructure to work on the project, including capacity for asset compression and platform handling. He also wrote the blog in part to explain why the game will appear to use a lot of a player’s PC memory. Typically, PC users are trained to see high levels of memory usage in some games as a warning sign of a “memory leak”. Memory leaks are bad because they mean that a game or program uses more system resources than it would need to. This inefficiency can lead to instability or poor performance. Thoman explained that Kuro no Kiseki on PC is by default set to use up to 80% of available system memory to speed up loading times. This automatic behavior is intended, though users who dislike it can toggle it off in the settings menu.
Other features include:
- Support for ultrawide resolutions (as well as the 16:10 ratio of the Steam Deck)
- Steam Deck optimization
- High frame rate support
- Field of view customization (and automatic FOV scaling)
- Various graphical tweaks like shadow resolution, sub- and supersampling, draw distance adjustment and more
- A real-time in-game graphics option preview
- Full support for keyboard and mouse controls
The Japanese PC edition of The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki is available via Steam. The Japanese PS4 edition launched in September 2021. NIS America has not yet announced a release window for the English localization of the game.