December 2016 Update #3

By • December 29, 2016

Mission accomplished. Tales of Destiny DC’s main story is now translated up to the end of Act 1.

It’s hard to find time to translate. It’s even harder to make time to translate. After talking with Kingcom, I set a goal a few months back of at least finishing translating the main story of Act 1 of Stahn’s Side in ToDR before the end of the year. For a while I didn’t think I was going to make it, but Kingcom offered some much needed motivation near the end that helped me to cruise over the finish line a bit ahead of schedule. At this point it’s now possible to complete the first act of the game without encountering any Japanese (as long as you don’t talk to non-essential NPCs and assuming I didn’t overlook something). It probably doesn’t sound like much and certainly it’s long overdue, but it’s real, meaningful progress. I plan on continuing with translating the story as I go, so next up – Act 2!

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25 Responses to “December 2016 Update #3”

  1. The fact that you did that in December is even more astonishing. Very excited for you and Kingcom.

    Two questions: does that include the synopsis? And could you say about how much of the script is translated (in percentage)?

  2. @XtraT: The synopsis is on hold for now. It will be easier for me to do later for a variety of reasons. I don’t really have a good estimate for how much is translated. In terms of the story events, I would guess maybe a fifth of them are done? It’s hard to say. Games tend to get wordier on the tail end, so I assume the first act is the shortest in terms of dialogue. And of course I’m just doing the main events right now, so there’s tons of NPC dialogue out there that I haven’t even touched yet. Still a very long way to go.

  3. I thought so, my estimate was ~25%. You’ve made so much progress with the past few months.

  4. Hooray! I love waking up to good news. This puts a smile on my face. Truly a note to end the year on. Great job a0. And thank you once again.

  5. Wow! And you were still in Aquaveil earlier in the month! Bravo! That’s a lot of hard work in such a short time!

  6. Really cool, guys! Keep it up!

  7. Wow, that’s some amazing progress! I’m really happy to hear that! Thank you so much for your hard work!

  8. Amazing, you have the gift to make it fast (like PSX Phantasia). Once again, thank you so much for your efforts. Greetings from Brazil.

  9. Awesome! I’m really glad we are getting a fan translation QQ
    Thanks for your hard work, Can’t wait to play another Tales of game of your translation!

    Good Luck.

  10. Hey throughhim413. Localization is something that interests me, and your blog posts are a fascinating read. Got any advice for someone who may want to get into fan translation (though I may be more suited towards editing than the actual translating)?

  11. Congratulations, m8. How many acts does the game consist of in total?

  12. Act One down! Congrats.

  13. Thank you so much for doing all this, no less in the busy month that is December.
    If I remember right, yeah, Act I (if it is what I’m thinking it is) is kind of a ‘introductory’ part of the game (letting the player get the ‘feel’ of the world, letting you meet important characters and most of the locations/continents), so it’s probably the less wordy one, but it’s a big achievement, imo.

    On another note, I hope you have a happy new year!

  14. How many acts have this game?

    Keep the good track, guys! Cheer up!

  15. Congratz!!!

  16. Great to hear, thank you for all the effort you’ve put into these projects.

  17. This is great news! I hope you continue to reach your goals. Thanks for the update.

  18. @throughhim413
    I’ve been meaning to create a ToD fanblog. Would it be okay if I add a link to your translation project and maybe add a post about each update with a link to your site of course?

  19. It’s great ! 😀 Thanks for your efforts ! Keep going 😉

  20. WOW!! That is some great progress. Congratulations!! Thank you so much for your constant effort and willpower.

    Happy new year!!! 🙂

  21. Awesome! Looking forward to the progress in 2017.

  22. @Chaltier: You’re welcome to do what you like with the information I post here. If you want to share that information on your blog, feel free.

  23. It feels great to hit goals that we think were out of reach. Proving that we can achieve what we put our mind too, we just need to keep pushing and believing. I believe in you guys and I believe your hard work will find its way to the hearts of all of us. I hope that will help give you fuel in times of need! Keep at it!

  24. Wow! Congrats!

    I say your truly HALFWAY there now. So keep up the good work! And fans will be playing this translated game & posting it online to inspire others to play it too before you know it.

  25. Just wanted to say… THANK YOU!
    I’ve been checking on this site here and there for years, waiting for the chance to play ToD PS2 in English. 🙂