Post by Aveyn Knight on Jan 14, 2011 13:46:25 GMT -5
Not sure how many people are going to be affected by this, but a few weeks ago Interwise, the company that translates Falcom games into Chinese in certain regions, teased this on their website. There's also some tidbits on their Facebook, but it's not loading for me ATM.
What the image says (although it's trivial considering the context) is along the lines of "The grand legend(s) is back? The anticipated epic(s) translated into Chinese?". When I was checking their Facebook earlier, they also mentioned the games would be on the PC (I didn't get time to read anything else).
I'm currently in the middle of playing Sora SC in Chinese, so I'm ecstatic to hear that Zero has been picked up. I've already got Ys 7 in English, but it might also be interesting to see Ys 7 on PC, although I wonder if it's just running on an emulator or something.
Since Falcom hasn't said anything about ports yet (though we're still waiting on multiplatform Ys Seven, hint hint) I'd guess that if someone is doing PC versions in Chinese it would be an emulated version like Chronicles PC.
I'm sure it'll be just like the Vantage Master Portable PC port - mouse support but not much else. Even so, it's better than anything Falcom is doing directly and I'm sure there will be some awesome special edition again
My translation of the key points from the Sina article (Floofy, you can use this if you want).
Beijing 欢乐百世 Technology Co.,Ltd has announced that it has already signed a contract with Nihon Falcom Corporation, netting it exclusive development rights for the Chinese PC version of Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki in mainland China, Hong Kong special administrative region and the Taiwan region in China, as well as those regions' exclusive publishing rights for the Simplified Chinese PC version of Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki, which is expected to be released during Summer 2011.
[SKIP stuff about LoH sales and awards in Japan]
After obtaining the rights, Beijing 欢乐百世 Technology Co.,Ltd began the PC version's development research process, with Nihon Falcom Corporation's technical support, focusing on rendering all the game's graphics in high definition, the game's graphic quality expected to surpass the previous PC versions of Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki, as well as adding support for mouse, keyboard, joypad and etc.
Currently, the PC version of Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki's high definition development research process has been completed, and now the anxious testing phase has begun.
[SKIP stuff about opening a website and forum in the coming future and an introduction to Zero no Kiseki.]
Interwise has also announced the news, which I'm looking through right now.
Oh, I have to put the Interwise's release (Ain't touching the Pinyin version with a a 10 foot pole.) on the wish list, for when they release Zero no Kiseki and my friends go overseas. This should be interesting.
Post by Aveyn Knight on Mar 3, 2011 14:37:19 GMT -5
BTW, Interwise pretty much confirmed that a Chinese PC version of Ys SEVEN is also in the works. If you followed the first post of this topic, you'll know that they posted a silhouette of Adol (Ys SEVEN version) and Ellie.
As you can see here, the silhouette has finally been revealed, although the press release only makes mention of Zero no Kiseki.
However, when asked by a fan about the lack of an Ys SEVEN announcement on Interwise's Facebook account, they said "We're doing Ys SEVEN as well, couldn't you tell who that red haired demon* was?".
Post by Aveyn Knight on Mar 16, 2011 17:57:31 GMT -5
I noticed Interwise added a short interview about their experience with Zero no Kiseki recently. I might translate it later when I'm bored, but here's one question that I think is quite relevant to peoples' interests.
Q: Finally, can I ask what is Falcom's perspective on the PC version of Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki?
A: Even though Falcom has already shifted thir development focus towards handheld and home consoles, but they have given us tremendous technical help towards the PC version of LoH:ZnK, almost everyday we meet together for technical discussions and consultations, providing us with technical support so that the PC version is completed smoothly.
(TN: Couldn't think of a better term for "meeting together", this means meeting in general, could be online or via letters, doesn't have to be person. In this context, it could be either way. Also, I'm pretty sure they specifically mention "home consoles", as in PS3, Wii, etc, in this answer, maybe they know more than us?)