RELEASE Rune Factory 4 Special - English translation conversion

Discussion in 'Switch - ROM Hacking, Saves, Translations & Tools' started by LordBone, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. LordBone
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    Hey there Everyone!

    Since the 3DS Rune Factory 4's language files are very similar to the special edition on the switch, I took some time to organize and edit them to work with the switch version.
    I'm not a translator myself, and I didn't want to put machine translations in, so anything that's new or heavily changed is still in Japanese, but most things from the 3DS version (story, items, maps, names etc.) should be in English.

    Also some things are not perfect, you'll see some pronoun gender mismatches and other weird stuff.
    Use LayeredFS to install it like other game mods on the Switch. For example on SXOS, extract the zip into: "[sdCardRoot]\sxos\titles\" folder. You may need to restart your switch after copying the files.

    If you encounter any crashes while playing, please let me know by telling me what you were doing/ which dialogue line was visible before the crash.

    Hope you enjoy it, while we wait for an international version.
    Cheers!

    rf4.

    Thank you to:
    • The people who translated the 3DS game.
    • The creator of Rune Translator: Chrisblue
    • Microsoft for creating Excel
    • My dog for providing emotional support.
    • My AC unit for keeping me sane and cool in this heatwave.
     

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  2. myangel

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    I want to try this but it really working with sxos? i used to cheat Zelda with durability cheat it also layeredfs thingy but it never work for me
     
  3. LordBone
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    That is what I'm using and it works perfectly. I'm also on the latest version of SXOS, older versions didn't support LayeredFS, and I heard one particular version broke it, but has been fixed since.
     
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  4. Drwho0894

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    Working fine on Atmosphere. Its really improved!
     
  5. SoggyWafflz

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    How different is the file structure? I'm hoping that I can get gender swap mods up and running on switch...

    — Posts automatically merged - Please don't double post! —

    I'm just gonna drop the gender swap files in and cry when it doesn't work :)
     
  6. Drwho0894

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    Looked at the files.

    It wont work. 3D files and text have been converted to a new extension and the text files wont work either as the exclusion of new lines.
     
  7. SoggyWafflz

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    Woohoo. I wonder if I'd be able to actually attempt to contribute to this... I'm worried it'll be months till any projects start
     
  8. bluedart

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    I found this on an external site. I've been using it for the last 20 or so hours of gameplay and it works very well. I'm surprised this works as well as it does. I was already finished with Arc 2 before I found this, and Arc 3 is proving a lot easier to navigate, especially with all the inventory management and menuing. Thank you!

    (Short aside: this somehow reintroduces Arthur's crop prediction bug from the 3DS version that wasn't present in the unmodded switch version. Any clue why? Also, why are dialog options that the player chooses occasionally different?)
     
  9. LordBone
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    There are some sentences and expressions in Japanese that can mean totally different things based on the scenario but are written the same. Also in Japanese is a genderless language (at least grammatically) meaning you can't always decide "he" or "she" from the sentence, and many-times it's written the same. That's why you'll find some gender mismatches in the translation, since the function in excel inserted the first English "match" for that specific sentence.

    This are quite common with short sentences (like "he's asleep"), and since I cannot speak or read Japanese I can't fix these myself.

    If there were official translation errors in the 3DS version, then if matched correctly those will be now present again.

    I noticed some strange dialog options too, could be the same reason, since they tend to be short, and they are in the story dialog language file too.

    The untranslated lines in the middle of the dialog are most likely slight changes, and since I told excel to only include exact matches, those didn't get copied over.

    If someone has the will and the knowledge to translate the rest, I have a spreadsheet that's easily filterable to untranslated lines .There are 10280 lines that are untranslated out of the 108927 lines, not counting the mismatched translations.

    I would say it's not worth it since the game is supposed to come to EU in the Winter.

    Anyway thanks for trying it, I'm happy you're enjoying it.
     
  10. bluedart

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    Absolutely not worth it, since the as-of-yet undefined release date is just the tentative release window of '2019' and there are so many other things coming out this year. I was just curious. Also, Japanese is not a 'genderless language' as there are pronouns that include gender. かれ and かのじょ for example mean he and she respectively, they just aren't using those specific ones. Japanese is incredibly context-sensitive though; you may want to use that descriptor from now on.

    I really was just curious why some things were verbatim 3DS like the save message indicating you're using a 3DS and things like 'Obsidian Mansion' becoming 'Obsidian House' etc. If it really was an algorithm that simply replaced 100% matches that should not be possible.

    Anyway, thanks again. This is very useful, especially when I have a lot of trouble with Kanji.
     
  11. Nazosan

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    I managed to scrounge up the game finally. I'm a little surprised so much text so near to the beginning of the game is still untranslated even though. It's a little disconcerting how much is untranslated or simply cut off entirely and menus are untouched (I guess they use images?) I guess this still has a long way to go, but at least it's a really good start.

    On the arguments that some have that the game will be coming to the West "someday," I think this project should be completed because if anyone remembers the attempts by others in the past to undub the game (and it had an awful dub if you don't remember) on the 3DS found that it was just so ridiculously hard that the project completely stalled without any hope at all until someone decided to translate instead. Given that the Switch version uses the same basic file layouts and etc but even has some newer formats that might be just that much harder to work with, it's obviously not going to be any better for undubbing, so in the end this is pretty much a required thing eventually. Better sooner rather than waiting a year and then realizing the hard way all over it has to be done this way, no?
     
  12. combin

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    Might be unrelated to the original post, but do you have any idea on how to decompile and recompile the original .3ds rom file successfully? I'm trying to translate the 3ds game into my language but can't seem to follow asia81's tutorial, especially because it is meant for pokemon games, there might be additional procedures I must do for this game (couldn't extract the romfs file and rebuild it). Sorry if this annoys you, btw.
     
  13. loiuyt1207

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    Not work. I'm cfw 8.1and sxos 2.8 .
     
  14. DarkSynopsis

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    Once the Western version hits it will already be translated, seems it will just be a matter of moving the lines over to this version, talk was about translating the Japanese text now? seems kinda pointless when it could just be taken from the Western version in the future if needed.
     
  15. animex2k9

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    Not working. I'm on cfw 8.1 and sxos 2.8.
     
  16. LordBone
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    I'm on cfw 8.0.1 with SXOS 2.8 so I don't know about 8.1.

    Some things to look out for:
    - Extract the zip file in the correct location don't just copy the zip file.
    - Be sure to reboot your switch once when you copied the files on the SD card
    - Try out other game mods with layeredFS if those doesn't work layeredFS might be broken on 8.1 and SXOS

    If none of these helps, I don't really know how to help you sorry.
     
  17. animex2k9

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    Tried downgrading my firmware to 8.0.1 and now it is finally working. Thanks!
     
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