Project Announcement + unfinished business

This post is to make an official announcement regarding our major project: Dracu-Riot by Yuzusoft.

Ideally, we wanted to start work on Dracu-Riot the day following its release on 31 March (which was why our release of the English Patch for Hoshizora no Memoria so close to April Fools’). However, intervention from Murphy’s law had rendered this initial plan obsolete; Dracu-Riot was riddled with many data serialisation techniques that made engineering a rather unpleasant experience.

Fortunately, there was an engineering breakthrough for Dracu-Riot and we didn’t have to consider some of our fallback games.

A drastic change from Hoshizora no Memoria is that Staircase will now outsource its engineering. We believe that specialisation will improve efficiency and allow us to focus on our core competency—translate. Thus, we will be working closely with kingshriek for our work on Dracu-Riot, as he will handle the technical operations. Here is a proof-of-concept screenshot.

The engineering status of the project is as follows:

– text extraction/reinsertion complete (with a few issues still outstanding)
– wordwrapping being worked on
– extraction/insertion of game resources being investigated

Translation will begin next week. The project page is currently in the works, and should be less bare more colourful in the upcoming weeks. For those familiar with our update practices, translation (line) progress will be updated frequently on the project page, any immediate news will be updated on Twitter, whilst more comprehensive status reports will be posted every 1-3 months, (depending on their necessity).

We look forward to another productive year or two at Staircase.

Translator and Project Coordinator

PS: A 1.2 patch for Hoshizora no Memoria will be released soon. Some staff are currently busy, and haven’t been able to get around to it. Keep an eye out for that as there will be a significant number of improvements to patch 1.1.

PPS: Preliminary analysis of the game’s code has revealed that we should be expecting a PSP port for Dracu-Riot in the near future.

Posted in dracuriot, Hoshimemo, VN translations
23 comments on “Project Announcement + unfinished business
  1. Anon says:

    Congrats on it all working out, probably one of the best things I have discovered after my vacation. Can’t wait to pick this one up too!

  2. Nico says:

    Well, we all wish you the best for this new project!

    From what I saw on vndb, Dracu-Riot looks like a game to look forward to!

  3. Flammz says:

    Looks like a fun game, looking forward to it. Good luck and thanks a lot for the hard work!! You guys are awesome

  4. Oo says:

    i hope the translators can sub the whole visual novel game by 1 year or less. :)

  5. Akito says:

    When will the English patch out??

  6. Jesus says:

    Please, please, please translate this. It is one of the very few visual novels I am waiting for translation (not to mention that 2 of the others got their translations stopped due to law >.<)

  7. Jesus says:

    Oh and one more thing (cuz I am such a greedy guy).

    Can you look into when you are done translatin this one 😕 I will be in your debt if you do it :)

  8. HC says:

    How long do you think you’d be able to finish TL’ing the last route for Dracu-riot?

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