The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel cover
Nihon Falcom
Windows SIMS[1]
Windows PH3 Games
Release dates
Windows August 2, 2017
Metacritic 80
OpenCritic 79
Series The Legend of Heroes
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel on IGDB
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel on Wikipedia

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Shared executable with the Steam version of the game. Galaxy.dll shipped for achievements tracking.
Humble Store
Choice of DRM-free or Steam version.
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DRM-free after installation through Steam client (see notes)
Shared executable with the version of the game. Steam API shipped for achievements tracking. Can be played without Steam running.[2]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\TrailsOfColdSteel1\settings
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/538680/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Falcom\ed8
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/538680/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


External video settings.
External video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Game uses vertical FOV in configuration instead of horizontal FOV. Maximum: 70° (102° horizontal at 16:9)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Game is Borderless by default when "Fullscreen" selected in launcher. For exclusive fullscreen, you must edit settings.xml changing the "ScreenMode" to "FULLSCREEN" (Extra Note: User may require to disable the launcher on startup).
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Can sometimes cause minor hiccups/issues due to timing on scripted cutscene sequences (may potentially cause softlocks under super rare circumstances in cutscenes, these however can be avoided by using the Turbo function).
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Disable/modify post-process effects[3]
  1. Download Trails of Cold Steel 3D Vision Fix.
  2. Extract the contents to the installation folder.
  3. If you use Windows 10 (Creators Update onwards), open the compatibility tab of ed8.exe (or ed8jp.exe if you play with Japanese text) and check "Disable fullscreen optimizations".
  4. By default the game effects aren't modified. You can change the default state in the [Constants] section of d3dx.ini.


External keyboard and mouse settings.
External keyboard and mouse settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Only mouse buttons can be bound and used, there is no cursor.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Supports both horizontal and vertical inversion.
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher can be navigated using supported controllers (PS4 and XInput models).
Controller remapping
Controller remapping is partial and supports one custom controller binding to a specific preset number of actions on L2/LT or your controller's equivalent (release version also contained binding for R2/RT shared with "Turbo" function, this was removed on release day patch). Solutions such as Steam Big Picture may be alternatively used for remapping of keys sent to the game as an alternative.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Supports both horizontal and vertical inversion.
Additional information
Button prompts
Keyboard and Mouse prompts also available.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM, Sound Effects, Voice
Surround sound
Closed captions
Text heavy JRPG.
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English dub has ~5000 more recorded voice lines than the Japanese original (14065 files). Voiceover audio only available for some scenes (typically key/important scenes).[4]

VR support[edit]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 DirectX 11.2 if available (Depending on version of Windows).
Shader Model support 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Atom x7-Z8700 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 400
AMD Radeon HD 5000
Intel post-2012 series
DirectX 11 compatible
Shader model 5 support


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/538680/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (538680) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.