Just so people know, the Chinese version, at least the mainland version, will use a disgusting DRM as an anti-piracy measure. Basically you'll need to be connected to the internet 24/7 if you wanna play the game. It'll constantly contact the server to authenticate the game. Theoretically, it's not a problem, since I've played a few games that use this technology, but it's still a chore and a pain in the butt. The Taiwan version might be slightly lenient, but you won't know if they decide to add StarForce to the game (like they did for FC and Felghana), which is also a nasty DRM.
I give it three weeks tops before someone figures out how to either strip the DRM out completely or trick it into thinking it's talking to the authentication program even when it's not connected to the internet.
Now to figure out how I'm going to get a copy of the game...
Post by Aveyn Knight on Jul 19, 2011 10:47:49 GMT -5
For anyone who's interested, the Traditional Chinese version can be preordered from YesAsia. Just search "Falcom" and you should see it. The regular edition is going for 32 USD, while the limited edition is a pricier 77 USD.
The limited edition appears to be similar to the mainland Chinese one. It contains:
The game DVD Instruction manual One A2 poster 6 disc game soundtrack Guidebook Illustrations book 54 playing cards (based off the in-game casino) One figurine of Ellie or Tio (I don't think they're the same as the Ao no Kiseki ones, there are some photos of them, as well as the Lloyd and Randy figurines, somewhere) One eco-friendly bag
Presumably the regular edition only has the first 2 items.
Oh yeah, the expected release date is 31st August. I think the mainland Chinese version is coming out on 28th August.
Yeah, for that price (less than we're paying for Ao + Drama CD + 2 Nenpuchis) and all those goodies I'd consider picking it up. I'm getting the game anyways and even if the guidebook is a wash (since I've already got the Japanese one) the artbook, poster and playing cards are a pretty good incentive to splurge.
Post by Aveyn Knight on Jul 20, 2011 7:38:45 GMT -5
BTW, here are some photos of the Chinese version figurines. Not sure if they're the finished versions or not. I'm kind of amused about how the Tio figurine looks very similar to the Ao no Kiseki one.
As for the playing cards, I haven't seen photos of them, but I have seen some preliminary designs of them here. I think they should look great if done right.
Kind of related, mainland China has a new special edition that contains a KeA figurine.
I bet Chinese fans are going crazy now. Before this, there were already four special editions with a figurine each, which seems to have caused a lot of headaches. Similarly, the Taiwanese special edition with 1 of 4 figurines sold out before its official announcement...
Oh yeah, I sent an e-mail to YesAsia asking if we could choose the figurine. They said they can't give an answer yet or along those lines.
Hmmm, I kinda torn between the two - the normal special edition has way more stuff I'll actually use, but the special special edition (err...) looks lovely!
I'm leaning towards the wooden box special edition just because the other one's more likely to be around for me to pick up later, but then that basically doubles the money I spend just to get all the fancy bits and pieces... :S
Post by Aveyn Knight on Jul 21, 2011 9:36:40 GMT -5
It does sound like a tough decision.
I can't really comment about the wooden box since there isn't a really clear image of it right now. Being a coin collector of sorts, I'm interested in the coins, not so much about the postcards (these are always nice to have, but not deciding factors) and same with the keyrings.
I would like the set for the rarity and the KeA figurine though : P
Anyway, that's before considering the regular special edition... yikes. Fortunately(?) for me, I'll just grab whatever YesAsia (and maybe other international sites like PlayAsia) throw at me, so easy decisions ^^;;;
Also, I just realised, the "6 disk soundtrack" in YesAsia's listing might be referring to the Mini Soundtracks. Looking through the mainland Chinese special version, I noticed there are 6 Mini Soundtracks and I heard both Interwise (the Taiwanese publisher) and the mainland Chinese publisher apparently had licensing issues preventing them from including the full OST in their special versions.
It seems like every time I look a new and slightly different LE pops up -_-;
I've seen four different Nendoroids, all bundled individually with different LEs; a lighter, some list the six mini CD OSTs and some list the full official OST as included; at least two different eco bags, two different clear files - oh and don't forget that wooden box version too! *head explodes*