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The Return of the Great Departed Prosecutor, and the State of the Study

The Return of the Great Departed Prosecutor, and the State of the Study

Screenshot of Miles Edgeworth putting on his jacket, from Ace Attorney Investigations 2

“Hurry! Contact the High Prosecutor’s Office! We need that man… Miles Edgeworth… If there’s anyone who can save this franchise, it’s him!”

The year is 2023 AD. The Ace Attorney series is entirely available on modern platforms. Well, not entirely… One small indomitable game still holds out against localization.

Hello everyone, and welcome to a belated update from Scarlet Study, which I have the pleasure of writing this time around. We have some exciting if unusual news to share – unusual in that it is news, which we haven’t been great at giving lately, and unusual because this time we’re showcasing a project from outside the bounds of Scarlet Study.

As eagle-eyed fans have already noticed, the long-running project to bring the classic fan translation of Gyakuten Kenji 2 to Android has finally come into fruition. So please enjoy this launch trailer for Ace Attorney Investigations: Prosecutor’s Path on Android, put together by project leader Mr. Akrasr.

If you’ve been following this team’s efforts, you know this has been a long time coming. Early efforts go back to 2018 when Uwabami and onepiecefreak joined forces with Auryn, the original Prosecutor’s Path project lead, to reverse engineer the Unity port of the game. Work continued under hacking wizard an-error. However, as the DGS project took priority and a pandemic happened, progress came to a halt – that is until Mr. Akrasr, whom you may know for his Russian fan translations, offered to take over.

His team, which includes graphic editors Dzin Icaoka and Leff as well as another former Prosecutor’s Path team member in Anthiflo, was the driving force behind this new release and we couldn’t be happier with the results.

The release comes with an installation guide which should allow anyone to purchase a legitimate copy of the game and apply this patch. Gyakuten Kenji 2, as it is formally known, is a special game and we hope this release allows a new set of players to discover it in glorious HD.

Not so fast…

We would be remiss to end this transmission without an update on our main endeavor, that is the Great Ace Attorney translation project. In 2021, a few months after we released our latest translated chapter (DGS2 Episode 3), Capcom brought The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles to consoles and PCs worldwide.

While we kept a low profile to allow this official release to get all the attention it deserves, there’s no denying it brought some incertainty to this project. In the end, it relies on a passionate team contributing their free time, and a great motivational factor was lost when the goal to see a complete localization for these games was essentially reached.

As team members moved on or became unavailable, work on the next two cases continued sporadically thanks to the dedication of translators Roseheart and peary with help from Teekro, okaykei and, as always, BenjiD, Hyarion and Rahky. However, the burden of keeping the momentum going is too much for one person to take up at a time, and progress ultimately stalled.

As it stands, Episode 4 is translated and the bulk of the work is in proofreading, inserting and testing the translation. It’s clear this can only happen with a proper team dynamic, which is why we’re looking for contributors to help the project get back on track. Specifically, the roles would be:

  • Translators – We’re looking for people to help check the translation for any errors, and validate the finished scenes. There are also scenes to translate in Episode 5. Therefore, you should have a level of Japanese equivalent to N2.
  • Editors – The main skills we’re looking for are proficiency in English and a passion for creative writing. You would be inserting the translation into the game’s scripts while making sure the lines sound natural and fit well into the overall style. As of 28 September 2023, we are all set for editors!

Head over to our application form if you’re interested in helping out, we’d love to see some new faces!

It has been heartwarming to see an influx of positive notes on our original translation, and fans asking for it to be completed. It remains our goal to provide a way to play in English to those who bought the game on 3DS and Android, and if we were the betting kind, we’d wager your support helped The Great Ace Attorney become the sleeper hit it is today.

Thanks again for your patience and support for this team.