Sword Art Online Lost Song Slated, Producer Promises Better English Translation
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
This week's issue of Kadokawa's Dengeki PlayStation magazine announced on Thursday that Bandai Namco Games will release its Sword Art Online: Lost Song PlayStation 3 and PS Vita game in Japan on March 26. The PS3 version will cost 7,120 yen (about US$66) and the PS Vita version will cost 6,170 yen (US$57). A limited edition that includes box art by abec, an original soundtrack CD, a Blu-ray Disc with special content, a mini-clear poster, and a special booklet will cost 9,980 yen (US$92).
The company is also localizing the game in English and Chinese for Asian markets. Bandai Namco Games started streaming an English-subtitled trailer on Tuesday.
Bandai Namco Games' Yōsuke Futami told gaming news website Siliconera that Lost Song's English translation will be better than Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. He said the translation issues were due to reasons he could not discuss.
"We're aware of the root of the problem and what I can say is that this time around with Lost Song, we're doing things differently," Futami said. "Fans can expect much better translations as the localization process will be handled very differently. Please look forward to it."
Bandai Namco first announced the game's development at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show stage event on September 19. Reki Kawahara's Sword Art Online light novel series already inspired the Sword Art Online -Infinity Moment- and Sword Art Online -Hollow Fragment- games for the PlayStation Vita system. The light novels also inspired two television anime series.
[Via Game Jōhō, Siliconera (Link 2, Link 3)]