ANNOUNCEMENT: Language Automation, Inc. and oprainfall Localization Partnership

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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Folks, I often get to bring you some truly awesome game news, but today I get to bring you, what is to date, the best news ever! Operation Rainfall is superbly proud to announce a brand new partnership with Language Automation, Inc. (LAI).

LAI Partnership

LAI and oprainfall will be working together to help get games our readers are interested in, localized! First, we’ll find out what games our readers would most like to see localized through a series of polls that each and every reader will have a chance to vote on. From there, LAI will offer their services at a special discount to publishers whose games were selected through this process, should the publishers decide to localize the games.

Basically what will happen is that we will publish polls targeted at specific game companies, with a list of games that are yet to be localized, and let the readers decide which games should take priority in our efforts. This endeavor is something that each and every one of you can help out with and be a part of. We want any vote cast to represent an actual promise to purchase, so don’t vote on games if you won’t buy them! We will also be promoting the chosen games in other ways such as website articles and perhaps even contests.

While this is in no way a promise of any game being localized, your vote for a game means that a localization company will be reaching out to the game’s publishers, meaning this could be the best chance for localization that game will ever have. This partnership has us more excited than we can truly put into words because of the prospect of more games being available for all gamers.

The polls are expected to start sometime this month and we are anticipating a high participation rate with each poll. Included below is the Press Email that LAI has provided. Read, enjoy, and feel free to ask as many questions or have a small party in the comments below.

Language Automation Inc. 

LAI has worked on projects with Sony, Ubisoft, Sega, Konami, and more. Some of the RPG titles they have worked on include Wild Arms 2, Cy Girls, LostMagic, Lunar Genesis and Enchanted Arms. For those who would like to learn more about LAI, you can check out their website.

Press Release

Language Automation, Inc. (LAI) and Operation Rainfall have announced a partnership in which special discounts will be offered to publishers whose games are selected for localization by LAI through Operation Rainfall’s activities. Operation Rainfall (OpRainfall) will be kicking off a new poll this summer to jumpstart the partnership, and results will be used to reach out to relevant developers and publishers in order to demonstrate market potential. The more gamers who vote, the more likely these games will be localized for the North American market.

Operation Rainfall is a movement that played a part in successfully bringing three games from the Japanese market to US and European markets – Pandora’s Tower, The Last Story, and Xenoblade Chronicles. Language Automation, Inc. is a video game translation and localization company that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Some of LAI’s clients include Sony, Ubisoft, Level Up!, and RenRen Games.

About Crystal Colwell

What's up everyone? Crystal here! I spend my time writing up the news for you all and keeping us all up to date with incoming game info from Japan. I do a little bit of everything else around here, too. 🙂 Happy Reading!

  • Fernando Costa

    My #1 will have to be Ace Attorney Investigations 2. Not because it’s the most important game ever, but because it’s simple and the only one in it’s series left unlocalized.

  • ybeast10

    This is terrific! Way to go OpRainfall! You guys never cease to amaze me!

  • Coarse

    Awesome! Off the top of my head, I’d like to see Labyrinth no Kanata for 3DS, and Earth Seeker for the Wii localized.

  • This is fantastic news! The top games I want at the moment are Type-0, Valkyria Chronicles 3 and Tales of Hearts R (among other unreleased Tales titles outside of Japan) ^__^ I hope these polls draw more attention to niche titles too. There are probably tons I haven’t even heard of which I’d love.

  • Crystal Baltimore

    Thank you for all of the suggestions! Be sure to vote when the poll goes up, 🙂 That will be sometime this month. 😀

  • ScienceNonfiction

    God Eater 2 would be great!

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  • Guest

    I’d love to see Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright get some love.

  • Klagmar

    I’d love to see Professor Layton Vs. Phoenix Wright get some love

  • Zharkiel

    Trails in the Sky: Second Chapter represent! Seriously guys, if one series desperately needs loves is Trails, we need someone to bring us this bloody sequel already!

    • Jonah Rosen

      XSeed is already working on it. It’s just that it’s 12 times larger text-wise than most other RPGs.

  • Tom

    This is some lovely news! I wish there was such a company in Europe too. We could have Trauma Team… Too bad the Wii and the 3DS is region locked so I can’t import games for those consoles from the US.

  • Tom

    Here’s my wishlist: Valkyria Chronicles 3, Final Fantasy Type-0. Bring these games from Japan to a non-region coded machine and you can make me a happy person.

  • Jonah Rosen

    All I ask for is Tales of Vesperia PS3, Tales of Innocence R & Tales of Hearts R.

  • Brant Sheppard

    Personally, my vote goes towards J-Stars Victory VS. I know it hasn’t come out yet in Japan, but it might be a good idea to start early and let all parties involved that it should be brought to the US and other countries. This is also probably one of the hardest games to get localized, but would be a huge victory for the organization if able to make something like this possible.

  • Brant Sheppard

    Also, a there are good number of games released only on the Wii Virtual console in Japan that would be awesome to be made available for purchase in America.