The Fate/Extra CCC Translation Project

As anyone who follows me on twitter knows, this baby’s been in the oven for a LONG. DAMN. TIME.

This was originally being done by Neoxephon at GBATemp. NX was making mad progress, but then sadly had to give up. See the thread here.

So NX handed over the work he’d done so far on the code to anyone who was willing.

It turns out we are. (The former translator sadly does not want to be involved, so we will respect their wishes and start over from scratch.)

Without further ado, the first buggy-as-hell screens of Fate/Extra CCC.

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Myself and EsperKnight are hard at work at fixing the bugs and we have a new translator potentially in the wings, so please be excited, etc.

[EDITORIAL] Playism and ZUN’s treatment of Touhou is unacceptable.

I usually don’t use this site to soapbox, but if you’re reading this, I assume you’re into niche games, and at very least have heard of the omnipresent Touhou franchise.

If by some chance you haven’t, it’s a long-running shmup series basically created by one guy: a doujin/indie developer who goes by ZUN. He does it all: programming, music, art, and story.

ZUN is an extremely talented and prolific individual, and I’ll never contest that.

What I will say is that he comes across as one of the most stubborn, prideful developers in the industry, and he’s only doing him and his works harm as a result.

ZUN is notoriously protective of Touhou, to the point that he has yet to allow anyone to make an anime out of the franchise, despite what I can assume are dozens of lucrative offers.

He additionally has refused to let the games see official localization. Although there is a very devout fan community that continue to translate and patch his games for them to receive wider notice, his pride continues to belittle their efforts by refusing to let the games get any proper release, dooming them to a tiny niche.

This brings me to Playism.

The Touhou community was abuzz with the news that Playism had struck a deal with ZUN to release the newest title, Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character, digitally on PC.

This was unexpected, and a great cause for optimism. Maybe ZUN had lightened up! Maybe Touhou was finally getting the official globalization it deserved!

Except… the game was completely untranslated. Menus, story, EVERYTHING was left in Japanese.

At ZUN’s insistence.

That neither the media or community has expressed outrage at this is beyond me.

It is unacceptable in this day and age to expect players to pay money for a lazy localization.

I’m sure there’s people out there who think that this is just a shooting game, and localization doesn’t matter.

Well, people say the same thing about BlazBlue in regards to its story mode. But there are people who play those story modes. There are people who care. And they deserve just as much respect as those who play the games to dodge ridiculous amounts of bullets. (Personally, I play them for both.)

It’s entirely possible that Playism had no control. Maybe ZUN’s stipulation was that they could only release it untranslated.

If that really is the case(and I believe it is), then were I in Playism’s shoes, I’d have told ZUN to get lost. It’s not worth the reputation, the insult to fans’ intelligence(especially when they had it patched within days), or catering to ZUN’s foolish pride.

As an aside, some may mention that Touhou games have begun to finally see some official release on Sony’s platforms… except these are only fan made ones.

All the games so far have been derivatives of Touhou works, nothing from the mainline series.

If this is the precedent that ZUN hopes to set in western territories with his franchise, then maybe it really is meant to stay over there. If ZUN doesn’t care about us, then we have no obligation to care about him.

Post-Mortem: Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters

This was a fascinating little game. Sadly it’s also very experimental, and part visual novel, meaning it’s going to get overlooked by reviewers and gamers alike.

TTGH is difficult to classify. It has elements of SRPGs, VNs, and modern occultism.

The big appeal here is the story, because I love modern day plots and the occult, and TTGH has plenty of both.

Aksys’ localization team again prove their work to be some of the best in the industry. Every character’s personality comes through with wit and charisma, and even the less likable characters(Mifune starts out as a total bitch) still come across as fleshed out and well developed.

Sadly, due to the episodic nature of the game, a lot of the more interesting characters wind up resigned to being important in a single chapter, but at least you get to hang out with them at the HQ.

What really brings the game down is the obtuse battle system.

While it makes sense that fighting ghosts should be a difficult venture and they should not be easy to confront, the implementation of it just feels kind of haphazard.

Battles are somewhat like SRPGs such as Eternal Poison and Fire Emblem… in theory.

Movement occurs on the grid, then the actual attacking gets displayed in 3D visualizations.

TTGH uses a very unique graphical style with hand-drawn art animated into short scenes, and it really makes the visuals pop.

It’s just a damn shame that most of the battles boil down to guess work. Maybe the ghost will be there when you attack it, or maybe it’ll move right past you and run into you, negating your turn altogether.

It makes the battles thrilling when your attacks do connect, but insanely frustrating when they don’t. It becomes less about strategy and more about guess work.

Of course, you can easily break the game when you unlock skills like Eagle Eye and buffing, which instantly show you ghosts and let you boost your ATK through the roof, but someone’s bound to get frustrated long before those skills come into play.

If you can adjust to that glaring flaw, then you’re in for one hell of a ghost hunting occult tale, one well worth experiencing again in the future. I can’t say I’ve ever played a game like it, which is usually the highest praise I can offer.

As an aside, although I happen to be straight, I couldn’t help but think that the two gay characters who appear in the game are borderline offensive. They’re caricatures at best, insulting at worst.

Maybe the community wouldn’t take offense by it, but I feel developers can do better than falling into gay stereotypes.

Umineko no Naku Koro Ni/When They Cry coming to Steam!

I said wow.

Definitely relevant to my interests, especially since MG said they might localize the fighting game(!) if this does well. SO BUY IT!

Would I let them use our script if they localized Ougon Musou Kyoku? HELL YES.

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers(PS1) Fan Translation officially cancelled

I know this might seem silly since we already have an official US release on the 3DS, but I still wanted this.

This project was originally started by Gemini(hacker) and Tom(translator) who were responsible for Persona 2: Innocent Sin’s PS1 fan translation.

Except this time, Atlus USA beat them to the punch.

It was suspected for a while that this meant the fan translation would get canned, and finally, from the project lead:

Pretty much dead at this point. EN2 will be my last patch released, will probably leave Little Princess to somebody interested and capable to give it the treatment it deserves. With the 3ds release I feel it’s kind of pointless and risky. Even Tom agreed that we forget it ever existed.

The translator’s thoughts:

1) As Gemini said, they’re a first draft and have not been checked in-game.
2) Anybody can start working with them, deriving translations from them, editing them and such, without consulting me.

If a hacker capable of working on it steps forward, then I’d be okay with collaborating with them… But I’m not going to actively push Gemini to hack SH when there is an official translation available, even if the official translation is “not perfect” (and nothing is perfect).

I wouldn’t say it’s completely pointless or risky to finish Soul Hackers… But there certainly is a cost/reward factor going here. Is the cost of the amount of work needed worth the reward of completing it? I can’t say that it is… I’d rather put the work I would have spent revising this into some of my other projects.

So why care about the classic version now that it’s officially been released on the 3DS?

Well, apart from the 3DS’ god-awful audio(you can barely hear anything in SH) and reduced resolution, there isn’t much reason to be honest.

Still, it’d be nice to play SH on a console. Also, the battles are like quadruple speed in the 3DS version.

Here’s how the OG looks, if you’re curious.
(Saturn version, spoilers!)

Suda 51 Interview: thoughts on Killer7 spinoffs, NMH3, and a TSC localization?

Felt the need to share this interview from Gamereactor, at a game development convention in Barcelona.


Thanks to CaVaYeRo from NeoGAF for the time stamps. My thoughts after.

• 00:00 – Brief introduction, Suda means “you sweat” in Spanish.
• 03:32 – Killer 7 memories: Development freedom with Mikami-san, art style and complex, layered story.
• 06:45 – Flower, Sun and Rain: The unique loop-day structure and the tour guide book clues as fresh mechanics. PSOne vs PS2 development and non-action games. Lost (TV series) and Uchikosi-san (Virtue’s Last Reward) vibes.
• 12:56 – No More Heroes 3: What’s left to do and when.
• 15:06 – How to create GhM’s strong and unique characters. Indie creative freedom and publisher tastes. The NMH switch from PS3/Xbox 360 original shooter concept to Wii-focused final design.
• 19:43 – Suda-san as one of the last “Japanese dev stars”, “no more heroes” in game development? Hotline Miami devs as heroes and chemical brothers.
• 24:15 – Shadows of the Damned: Collaboration with Mikami-san and anecdotes, the funniest trip to EA. Mexican and Spanish influences, Latin passion, Suda-san “Spanish blood” and Barcelona inspiration.
• 31:50 – Lollipop Chainsaw: The zombi genre in a unique, B-class fun way. The US school comedy. The pitch trailer.
• 36:48 – The James Gunn involvement & commitment. Collaborating with filmakers, Suda as “the Robert Rodríguez of videogames”.
• 40:21 – Importance of art in GhM, “Art of Grasshopper Manufacture” album personal meaning, how to choose/hire an artist for the studio, team play like in FC Barcelona.
• 46:00 – GhM before and nowadays: grass-hopping from punk/indie style to business and GungHo owned studio, yet gaining creativity.
• 49:22 – Let it Die and concepts to share with young developers as inspiration and advice. Making games you’d like to play, nigh time creative mood, connection with people.
• 54:55 – Q&A from audience and readers:
– Killer 7 prequel or sequel chances.
– Marvel vs. Capcom and DC vs. Grasshopper Manufacture
– 58:20 – Times at Human Entertaiment wearing suit.
– 60:16 – The Silver Case remake chances.
– 61:50 – Opinion on indie games, innovative ideas and big publishers.
– 65:53 – Suda51 last advice for young developers. Three bullet points for game development: passion, finding your own form, finding your own rhythm.

Now, takeaways.

  • Suda has no real plans for a Killer7 spinoff or sequel, but wouldn’t mind seeing a fan service game like “DC VS Grasshopper”. No real surprise, it’s no secret he prefers to do new things, i.e. ‘Kill The Past’. This is a constant subject in the interview.
  • FSR’s time loop was the result of him wanting to do something different besides all the constant action games of the PS2 era. He’s glad he thought up the idea before Lost and Kotaro Uchikoshi(VLR/999).
  • He’s very much aware of the desire for a TSC port, and wants people to play GHM’s first game.
  • No mention of Lily Bergamo being changed to Let It Die whatsoever. I bet the topic is taboo. I’m sure he’s as unhappy as everyone else.
  • Human made him wear a suit to work, so it seemed fitting that a ‘weird’ company like GHM came about as a result.

Personally? I feel he’s hamstrung by GungHo and  it is very unlikely, but with the interest he mentioned in the GHM book(being approached by Spanish companies to localize TSC), I hope it’s possible.

Dragon Force II Fan Translation (Saturn)

I am late as hell to this one, but better late than never.

(Full disclosure: I helped test on this, but not as much as I’d have liked to. I was not involved in the project beyond that, and a massive love for the original game.)

I’ve yet to finish it, and although I feel this pales in comparison to the masterpiece original, this is still a fine game that is worth playing for any DF fan, especially to reward the fan translation team’s biblical efforts. This baby was YEARS in the making, and is a landmark achievement.

Go bring ruin to the invaders!