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›› Ys V - Kefin, Lost City of Sand

Japanese Name ›› Ys V - Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin
Published by ›› Nihon Falcom
Published on ›› December 29th, '95
Platform ›› SNES
Genre ›› Action/RPG
First Release ›› November 28th, '13
Current Version ›› 1.00
Released on ›› November 28th, '13

Announcement ~ Welcoming SRW2 Back Into the Fold Super Robot Wars 2
# Posted on October 4th, 2013 07:18 AM by Gideon Zhi
Over the years I can think of exactly three projects I´ve ever completely dropped - that is, three projects I removed from the website entirely. One of those was the Japanese version of Castlevania 2: Simon´s Quest, which is now being done by these fine folk here. The second was Granhistoria, an odd little RPG published by Banpresto on the Super Famicom, but I´m not going to be talking about Granhistoria... at least, not today. Today I´m announcing the triumphant return of the Super Robot Wars 2 translation.

I´ve honestly been poking at SRW2 on and off for quite some time. Several years back I was given a hack to help with some extra text space, though I don´t believe this ever found its way into the current build of the translation. I´d redumped the game´s script at around that time and would mention it offhand to people who might be interested, but it was never really a priority.

So last February I re-redumped the script and gave it to TheMajinZenki, who was responsible for the JoJo´s Bizarre Adventure and Royal Stone text translations. (He and I have a few other things brewing by the way, but nothing I´m really willing to talk too much about just yet.) He returned the script to me a month later, and I immediately set to work trying to get it back into the game - only to discover that one of the text banks was badly over-size and that the routine printing said text was shared by a number of the larger graphic elements of the game, so my usual trickery would not work. It was back to the old slash-and-burn tactics of pruning it bit-by-bit until it finally fit into its bank. This is thankless work, and at the time I was busy with my last semester of higher education and still working a full-time job, so SRW2 was not a priority. I also wanted to see if I could manage some kind of workaround for the text, but everything was coming up blank.

Well, this past Monday I sat down with the file and pruned it ´til it fit. I´m not proud of some of the cuts I had to make, but the perfect is the enemy of the good as the saying goes and SRW2 looks pretty good as it is. Then over the next two days I got the rest of the text inserted and hacked up a couple of routines, and now the project is very nearly done; all that really remains is for someone to come in and clean up Zenki´s script a bit and we´ll be ready for testing.

So! Hopefully this will be out soon. I´ve been poking a couple of hornets´ nests in the hopes of getting an editor to come chasing after the script with all the fervor of an angry hive but so far nobody´s really bitten. We´ll see how things progress from here.

Incidentally, those of you who´ve played both older and newer SRWs will appreciate a fairly small hack I performed on SRW2 to get the robots´ battle theme music to stay after combat scenes end. This will be provided with the patch as an optional accessory, and as a bonus it doesn´t even need the translation - if you prefer playing the game in Japanese for whatever reason, the music patch will still work. I´ll be providing a patch to reverse the hack as well.
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