Thursday, February 8, 2007

Fan-translated Policenauts coming...

In my post on Rondo of Blood the other day, I mentioned it as one of those legendary rare games that very few people have played. Policenauts is another one such game.

Created by Metal Gear mastermind, Hideo Kojima, it never saw release outside of Japan but was released there on the 3DO, Saturn, Playstation and PC98. The game was a spiritual successor to another excellent though underplayed Kojima title, Snatcher, that only saw an English language release on the SegaCD. Both titles were heavily story-based with the bulk of gameplay involving dialogue and puzzle solving, similar to the LucasArts adventure games of days past.

Kojima has allegedly repeatedly turned down offers to bring the game to the US so a group of fans has been working diligently over the last 5 years to translate the game's no doubt significant amount of text.

Thanks to their efforts, English speaking audiences will be able to play the Playstation version of the game for the first time...but not until the 2nd half of 2007. Damn, even fan translations apparently need to build up hype. Be aware however that while Junker-HQ will provide the translation patch, finding an actual copy or ISO of the game to patch is left up the end-user, due to the questionable legality of the whole endeavour.

Now all we need is someone to translate Love-de-lic's PSX game Moon: The Remix RPG Adventure, and I'll be good.

Source: Fan-translation of Kojima's Policenauts nears completion - Joystiq

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