Trails from Zero PS4 Updates

At this point it feels like PS4 players are being well and truly screwed over, doesn't it? You may remember that when Trails from Zero finally arrived here in the West last year, PC and Nintendo Switch users were treated to an enhanced version of the release. Meanwhile, PS4 players got a no-frills localisation of the original Japanese remaster.

This was because the PC and Switch versions were handled by a separate porting studio, which was given license to make additional improvements to the experience. These improvements included better texture work throughout the game, enhanced character sprites, and a record that kept track of recent dialogue.

And now, the PC and Switch versions are getting more improvements, while the PS4 edition is once again ignored. Here's the confirmation from publisher NIS America, in which it casually posts "there are no plans to bring these changes to the PS4 version":

All of this made worse by the fact that back in December, NISA teased that "updates will be coming to all platforms soon". Apparently not!

Okay, so there's clearly some kind of obstacle in place that prevents Trails from Zero on PS4 from receiving these kinds of upgrades. Whether it's developer Falcom being especially touchy about its work being tampered with, or whether it's just that the update process is built on the newer PC and Switch versions, we don't know for sure.

What we do know, however, is that the PS4 edition still has the same retail price as its fellow ports. Paying roughly the same amount of money for an inferior version of a game? That shouldn't be the case, and the worst part is that we assume this situation will reoccur when sequel Trails to Azure launches in March.