From a gameplay and storytelling perspective, Hades delivers consistently and admirably. With a list of accolades longer than the River Styx, at this point it’s clear the world has embraced Zagreus’ Orphic adventure with open arms.
Now a new audience will be able to escape hell and lose themselves in its world and replayability, as Hades will receive a full Japanese text translation courtesy of 8-4.
HADES is coming to the Japanese Nintendo Switch eShop on June 24, featuring a full-text translation by the team at 8-4! 🔥 The announcement is about 11 minutes into this video. お待ちいただきありがとうございます！ https://t.co/STPDg8tpfh
— Supergiant Games (@SupergiantGames) April 15, 2021
Known for previous work on Fire Emblem, Tales of, Monster Hunter, and more for English speaking audiences; 8-4 is notable in this case for being a professional localization company.
Previously, Hades came under a bit of fire for a perceived lack of professional translation for languages such as Spanish, French, and Chinese. Instead, it opted for a mix of pro and community translators throughout its Early Access development, which led to variance across the various languages. PC Gamer has a more thorough rundown, including responses from Supergiant themselves on the matter.
As such, it’s great to see that Japanese audiences will receive a translation that’s both of high quality and consistency. A game as (delightfully) text-heavy as Hades should ideally have this so its own mythic cast can shine.
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