I’ve made the rounds with this as much as I can; to several forums I visit, twitter, and even Reddit. Not really picking up any steam. Doubt a little blog post will make a difference, but the least I can do is try.
So Guilty Gear Xrd had a dub. No one really expected it, but no one complained much either(to my knowledge, anyway). No game before it had a dub. And apparently Xrd will be the last: Revelator did not receive a dub at all. So in a way, it was back to the status quo.
BlazBlue is a COMPLETELY different story.
For FIVE releases now(CT, CS, CSE, CP, CPE), each game has been fully dubbed, and as the above video hopefully shows, very well.
However, there’s been no word about the forthcoming Central Fiction console release having a dub. Not only is this the last game in the series, it also sends two bad messages: one, that the dub is no longer important.
And much worse, that neither Aksys(https://twitter.com/aksysgames) nor Arc System Works(https://twitter.com/ArcSystemWorksU) care to comment. Nor will the localization company they’ve outsourced to, Strangely Compelling(https://twitter.com/itscompelling).
I’ve asked them all for comment repeatedly, as have fans, to no avail.
I was flat-out told that Aksys no longer oversee the BB localizations. It’s all up to Arc System Works, who in turn outsourced it. So we’ve had nothing but silence to go by… until Patrick Seitz himself, the voice of Ragna, finally chimed in.
Cristina Vee(the voice of Noel) joined in as well, adding another nail to the CF dub coffin.
Not looking good, is it?
So there’s one of two things that can happen. Well, three, but I’d say the third is about as likely as Yoko Taro securing the Democratic Nomination.
- Sit back and let the dub quietly die, which I’m sure fans if not Aksys will quietly confirm at launch.
- Give them hell. Blitz Aksys and ArcSys’ twitter and send every media contact you know an email. No media sites have covered this, and I’ve emailed just about every major one of note. Here’s a few! email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ve emailed all four, and none of those three sites have covered the story. Maybe if enough people make noise, they will. Not bloody likely, but hey, we tried.
- The dub actually happens, whether it was planned all along or we change their minds(ha). Again, not counting on this at all.
So hopefully this was enlightening at worst, causes you to take some action at best. Don’t let the dub die without a fight.
Tsubaki is counting on you.