Greetings, everyone. Apologies for the astonishingly late status update, on top of the late, well, everything else.
So let’s cut to the chase: Dracu Riot isn’t done yet. The editing and TLC probably won’t be done for at least several more months. Progress over the last couple of months has been very slow for a wide variety of reasons, but it’s basically all on me. I’m going to put a good number of hours into it today though and plan on putting at least a couple hours a day into it every day going forward from here.
When we first started this project, the plan was for a quick edit pass where we’d make some minor changes for better flow. Someone else would go in and do an additional proofreading pass and a cursory TLC pass along the way. We’d have a QCer on hand to point out occasional issues. We could then release a polished, finished patch in a couple months’ time. Simple, no?
The first problem: The person who was initially pegged to do TLC decided that they didn’t like Yuzusoft’s VNs much after all and essentially gave up. This became a much bigger issue when we did more analysis and realized how many inaccuracies were contained within the Staircase patch. This thankfully only ended up being a minor hiccup, since we have the fantastic Clephas on our side now providing the TLC for us. We don’t have an exact count, but we have quashed a metric ton of translation errors with his help.
The bigger, second problem: That “quick editing pass” stuff wasn’t going to fly. At some point last year when I was going back over what we’ve already done with my fabulous QCers, it hit me just how poorly it all read. It was like the Persona 5 hullabaloo amped up to eleven. I’m honestly ashamed of how bad it was, and it was a big part of the reason why I was upset by that patch release slip up (see our previous update for the details on that).
Since then, I have gone back over the stuff we already did with a fine-toothed comb, bringing it up to what I deem an acceptable standard. The result of that and the TLC is a very different looking script from the Staircase version. That version is still the skeleton of ours, but we’re basically giving it the Muv Luv treatment, albeit with a much smaller and less experienced team. The end result is looking like something I can be proud of, however, as it’s now both far more accurate and dramatically better reading.
This all takes time, and will continue to take time. I don’t expect us to finish until the tail end of the year. I know, I’m sorry, I’d like it to be sooner too. Updates such as this one will continue to be sporadic, but I’ll always be around on our comment section, Fuwanovel, Reddit, Twitter, etc. Be sure to drop by with any questions or comments you may have.
Until next time, this has been your friendly neighborhood jaded editor, Decay.
(Also no, you uncultured swine, that is not a mistake in the title, but a reference to the movie franchise “The Fast and the Furious,” beloved by all respected connoisseurs of fine cinema the world around.)