DDSTranslation here, with news about the Kyuuyaku translation that’s been in the works for almost 4 years now. It’s been a long time coming, and I deeply apologize to everyone that’s been waiting for this to be completed.
For those that just want to play, here’s the link to the patch file:
Update: Someone discovered a bug with the v1.0 release where having a partner or friend name with the max of 8 characters would cause the save and load game screens to lag and not display anything.
I’ve made a fix for it and updated the patch to v1.1. Sorry for any inconveniences.
For those interested in keeping the megaten.asm file up-to-date, all that was added was an extra “BEQ save_screen_human_name_found_01″ to lines 7411 and 7572. If inserted correctly, the two places should have operations in the order “LDA, BEQ, CMP, BEQ”. Or basically, copy the “BEQ” line and paste it above the “CMP” line.
I hope that you have a fun time playing through this game in English, and would love to hear what you thought about it.
If you’re still interested in hearing me ramble, or want to know just what the heck happened, I guess I can summarize the last couple of years. It’ll be nice to finally get all this off my chest.
I first started working on KMT around the time I finished college, which would have been around Spring 2008. I’m no stranger to the fan translation community, and thought I could do something with my spare time that would be constructive. After doing some preliminary work to make sure I’d be able to finish what I started (ironic, considering what would be to come), I made my first post on Romhacking.net to solicit help from Japanese translators. I got a wonderful reception from people surprised at the quality of the work, and it wasn’t too long before I finally got the help I needed.
The following 2 years, I was learning how to be a white collar worker in the real world. And unsurprisingly, that meant a lot less free time to work on the translation. I was coming to the realization that it’s a lot more appealing to play games in one’s free time than it is to work on them. I started falling behind in progress, and after spending a long time trying to solve a major logic problem with my text editor, I ended up giving up on the project. That was around the time where I put up my video that apparently has become somewhat of a parody, where I said “I’ll either finish this project or release whatever I have by the end of 2011″.
Just as I was no stranger to translations, I was similarly no stranger to just giving up on translations as well. But the thing was, this was the one that I thought I had in the bag. I had done things with this project that I have never done before, and this was supposed to be my ultimate work. It hurt so much to have to give up on it, and it nagged at the back of my head for the last 3 years. What kind of person am I that can’t even finish what he set out to do? What about all the work that the translators had put into it? I had let everyone down, and all the work had been for nothing.
At the end of January, I decided to leave my job for personal reasons and became unemployed again. As the job search went on, I was finding myself bored with the games I had been playing. I thought about the Kyuuyaku translation again, and wondered if I could really ever finish it. I had tried looking at the problem I was stuck on several times over the years, but could never get my head back into it. When I looked at it again in July 2014, it just suddenly clicked. I guess I had learned a lot about programming in the last 3 years that I could finally overcome that hurdle.
I made a post on Romhacking.net at the end of July stating that I would be resuming the project, and have tried my best to be as open and engaging as possible. I thought it was the least I could do to make up for my broken promises. And it actually turned out to be the best experience I’ve ever had in this hobby. The rest is pretty much history, and might still be seen in the thread on Romhacking.net where it all started.
I don’t have any plans for the future in regards to translations, though I wouldn’t mind going back to one of my other abandoned projects and finishing them up. And I’m not sure how appealing it’d be to receive help from someone like me who has a history of just disappearing on a whim. But I’m striving to turn over a new leaf. And if I’m able to help anyone else that needs it, I’ll try my best.
In the next post, I will be releasing all of the notes, files and source code that I’ve used to make this translation. It wouldn’t do me any good to hold onto them. And maybe, it might prove to be of some use to someone out there.