Square Enix Strikes Down on FF-0 Translation Patch with Potential Legal Action
Square Enix is bringing down the hammer and has demanded a permanent take down of the fan-made Final Fantasy Type 0 translation patch.
You’ve probably heard about the project over the last year or so. After Square Enix’s neglect, fans brought it upon themselves to offer translations to the PSP game for both English and Spanish. The project was dubbed “Operation Doomtrain” (ironically). At the helm of the project was a hobbyist game dev/hacker SkybladeCloud, along with his team.
The patch was just successfully released and has had high praise. It’s a perfect translation with everything correctly translated. It looks extremely professional and offers fans everything they’ve been asking for, for free. But not too long ago Square decided to take it upon themselves and announced a console HD port/remaster with translation for western markets. It will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One. It was originally thought to come to Vita, but Sony sc*** up their announcement post; later retracting it. So with further neglect from both Sony and Square, it made the patch even more popular and relevant.
But now Square Enix wants to flip the tables and shun its loyal customers over a language patch. They’ve order an immediate take down of the patch that has been long in the works before their announcement! Yippie! But hey that’s not all folks! They’re so upset over this, it’s said that Skyblade will be receiving something far, far worse than a cease and desist letter. It’s believed that they may take legal action against him and his team.
Other than a small blog post by Sky, this is all the information we know at this time.
“You know I normally use blog posts for relevant information only, such as project announcements or releases. However, I’m sorry this time it’ll be a little bit different:
Unfortunately I’m forced to remove my posts and pages related to the popular Final Fantasy Type-0 fan translation project. That’s right, certain game company thinks that threats and false accusations are the way to treat its biggest fans. For the time being I can’t answer questions related to this matter, but I’ll write a more comprehensive post about all this once I get the chance.
I hope you understand, and as always I appreciate your support (that I might need more that ever in the near future). Thank you very much:
As you can see there is a more ominous and negative atmosphere here with the fact that Square is supposedly throwing threats and false accusations at him. Sky will clear things up further with a more detailed blog post later but for now we are left with wide spread dissatisfaction and plenty of unanswered questions.
I’ll leave you with this final statement. Not all modders, developers or hackers are pirates. Not all hackers are evil or bad. There are good and bad people. A lot of them spend their free time to offer free work to fill in gaps neglected by their creators to make things better or more accessible to others. Harmless things shouldn’t be mislabeled as dangerous. More importantly, not all hackers or developers should be or deserve to be treated like masked villains from a movie.