Deputy of Self-Esteem
Joined: Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:36 pm
For the most part, Court-Records.net has been rather silent on the topic of wanting Ace Attorney Investigations 2 in English. It's not because we don't want to play it, or aren't excited about the prospects. (Believe me, I'm dying to play a new game in our lawyer game series!)
The reason we haven't been saying much on CR, is because when we do receive tips it's mostly because of Capcom's Senior Vice President, Christian Svennson or "Sven" as he's known on the forums there, was responding to fans questions about when AAI2 would get localized.
Here's where things get sticky. As a Capcom employee, he's bound by a "Non-disclosure agreement" (Often abbreviated as an NDA), basically meaning he's not allowed to disclose internal details to those outside the need to know basis (often meaning authorized fellow employees and partners).
It can be hard for fans to understand why NDAs are important, but the best way I can put it is, which is more exciting for you? Learning about a game on a random Tuesday, or with fireworks and fan fair at E3? If games are leaked before the big day, they loose a lot of their steam/chatter and that can stunt sales. The first Ace Attorney for the DS was sold almost exclusively by word of mouth. If that didn't happen we could've easily not gotten Justice for All, and from there the rest of the saga. (There are other reasons why NDA is important, but I feel this is the one most people will readily understand)
Now, while an NDA is a very important thing, it can also cause problems/misconceptions. Silence on a topic can cause fans to think a project or franchise has been abandoned. When Capcom Japan sold the Street Fighter franchise to Capcom USA and the first thing to come out of that deal was Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
there was concern that the deal was a throw away and the franchise was as good as dead no longer being owned by Japan. That sort of gossip can do more harm to a company then staying silent. Lost, the former Capcom ambassador to the fans, did his best to dispel that rumor, while not saying a word that that game was effectively practice for Street Fighter IV.
Sometimes you can deal with the NDA and bad gossip, without violating either. Sven's response to this and AAI2 was to periodically disclose non-mission critical developments that could've mostly been inferred by anyone thinking logically without his input.
Here's what I know thus far:
- AAI2 is not going to be released on the DS. The costs of localization out weigh the forecasted return on that game.
- Sven's been trying to convince the higher ups to localize AAI2 on a non-DS platform.
- The higher ups are not easily convinced. (I theorize putting the game on another system means potential buyers might not have access to the back catalog, thus locking out current fans, never mind the costs of localizing AND porting)
- If any further progress is made or not, Sven won't say. (Here we hit the hard NDA limit)
Sven's a good guy. And it's awesome that he's shared that much with the fans.
The reason we haven't shared that much is because it's too easy for wide eyed fans to read it as "OH YES, SVEN SAYS WE'RE GETTING AAI2!", "OOOH, WE'RE GETTING AAI2 ON THE 3DS AS A DOWNLOAD!", "PFT, CAPCOM'S A LIAR, WE'RE NOT GETTING AAI2".
what he said, and I refuse to let Court-Records be willfully responsible for spreading misunderstanding and potentially ruin a man in consequence.
That brings us up to today.
On Capcom's forums there was a guy pretending to represent the Make a Wish Foundation, an organization who's mission is to provide kids who are often terminal cancer patients with their one wish before they die. He alleges that he called Sven's work number, talked with him, and got out of it that AAI2 is likely not coming out in English within a year. The con has since paraded around Capcom's forums that AAI2 is dead.
The guy LIED
about representing the Make a Wish Foundation and used that to MANIPULATE
the good graces of another man. I am wildly disgusted
, and this is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping could be avoided. It can be very aggravating to have to wait to learn if a game you love will come out, but that is never
an excuse to resort to willful deceit and manipulations. Sven's a cool guy and it's a tragedy someone felt they could take advantage of his semi-open communications like this.
If you want to see progress on AAI2, there's MUCH better and ethical ways to do it. I'd recommend Operation Objection
It's a group native to the Capcom site that's pushing for a localization. There's no better petition then the one on Capcom's door step, eh?
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