So apparently I’ve been fired from the Tales of Hearts project… I guess some people think I’m “too slow” and I “constantly take breaks without doing any work to justify them” and I “have way more skill at making excuses than translating.” Well that’s just fine by me! We’ll see who has the last laugh!
Now that my time is no longer occupied by Tales of Kaji’s ReImagination, as inspired by Tales of Hearts, Kingcom and I would like to announce a new translation project – Tales of Hearts for the Nintendo DS! That’s right! Absolute Zero is returning to its roots as a usurper of more established projects and creating a new translation! Of course, we won’t be starting from scratch. Kaji
stole borrowed most of the code used for Tales of Hearts from Kingcom in the first place, so we’ll be able to reuse much of the current work we’ve done. Kaji was using a horribly outdated method of romhacking when he started out – inserting all of the text manually. Of course, when Kingcom and I started ToPX and NDX, Kaji was constantly drooling over the superior editing interface that Kingcom had developed. Kingcom felt sorry for Kaji, of course, so he developed a version of the editor that would support Tales of Hearts. Here’s what the two editors for the projects looked like before Kaji relieved me of my duties:
The editor for Phantasia is on top and Hearts is on the bottom. Notice any similarities? Thankfully now we can put Kingcom’s hard work to much better use than Kaji ever could have.
Kaji called himself the “project leader,” which meant he was like a nagging mother-in-law who didn’t really do any work. All of the current translation progress is completely thanks to me (although any mistakes are Kaji’s fault), so all of that progress will be carried over to Absolute Zero’s new project. That means literally dozens of files with hundreds of lines of dialogue are already done. This project is already well on its way. We’ve even got a screenshot of our current progress to show off:
Yes, as you can see we’re reverting Shing’s name to its original form. Kaji came up with all kinds of harebrained theories about his name, but the game’s creators themselves said that his name was meant to be 心具 (Shing), or “Heart Tool.” Why Kaji would want to change such an obvious reference is still a mystery to me. How could the creators of a game be mistaken about their own game? If someone was part of the development, that means they know everything about the game. Sorry, I’m getting off-topic. We’ll save that for another post.
In the end, it’s up to you fans which project you choose to follow. Of course, Absolute Zero already has a proven track record with more than 10 complete patches between our various members. I can’t imagine how embarrassing it must be to have a bunch of projects sitting around making no progress.
Absolute Zero would never let that happen with our projects. You know you can count on Absolute Zero to come through eventually!