Half-Life 2: Episode One dated for Japan

Game-localization specialist Cyberfront to build Japanese version, plans near-simultaneous launch with US version.

Cyberfront today said it will bring a fully localized Japanese version of Half-Life 2: Episode One to Japan's PC gamers on June 2.

Allowing for the trans-Pacific time difference, this means that the boxed version of the game will launch in Japan at about the same time that Steam users all over the world will be able to start downloading Valve's expansion to its 2004 hit sequel.

Tokyo-based Cyberfront has built a business out of importing and localizing US PC games for the Japanese market, and the company has had great success in licensing top games. A partial list of past releases includes the Japanese versions of Unreal and Unreal Tournament 2004, as well as several games in the Civilization and Soldier of Fortune series.

Cyberfront has also been selling Japanese versions of Valve's Half-Life games for PC since the original Half-Life came out in 1999.

Though Japanese gamers should be able to download the expansion from Steam as well, Cyberfront's boxed retail offering will provide a Japanese-language user interface and manual.

Typically, game localization starts after a title has gone gold in its home market, and it usually takes at least a few months. A simultaneous release for HL2: Episode One may mean that Valve has completed the game or is very close to completion.

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31 comments
masterplayer
masterplayer

wow man calm down madonnaproject here take a sleepy pill :lol:

ewjim
ewjim

What's new there?

herbved
herbved

p.s. go watch the trailer at the hlf2 e1 website

herbved
herbved

Steam says Preload starts on May 1st and everywhere else June 1st

rcdrum
rcdrum

because they pay more for the game

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Excellent news that the game is almost completed. :D

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

note to the moderator: in case you havent noticed im being whats called "tongue-in-cheek" aka sarcastic. p.s: i so love you.

MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

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MadonnaProject

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MadonnaProject
MadonnaProject

GHETTO GAMER, you took the words right out of my keyboard....i swear, i dont know what kind of an imbecile, moronic id*ot, braindead nincompoop, and ridiculously lacking in intelligence, not to mention an utter dumbass one has to be to STILL talk that way. if youre not hawaiyyan, not pretending to be bob marley, dont friggin use DA anymore please for the love of whatever it is that you hold dear.... even black people stopped using it after 1999.

darkdaej
darkdaej

they changed the Aftermath name to episode 1 apparently, saw that on xplay a couple days ago

GhettoGamer256
GhettoGamer256

If you want to be taken seriously in a comment you should probably use the word "the" and not replace it with "da" gangsta.com will take it though.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Ya come out on Ps3 and Xbox 360 so the controls can suck beans. and it would take 6 years to turn around with out that mouse. It would probably have low res textures too It's going to rock everybody's world..

runstalker
runstalker

HL2 Deathmatch is big in Japanese arcades. For reals.

FuguNabe
FuguNabe

Well I'm glad it's finally going to get a proper Japanese reception . I purchased this game when I visited oversea for my PC and brought it back to play here where I am in Japan. Many of my Japanese friends that played it liked it and relatively enjoyed it though they have shortcoming with their English. Luckily I wasn't born in Japan and can see good thing without western or eastern bias (though living here and speaking Japanese has many advantages for new Japanese releases, especially RPGs). Honestly one of the best (if not the best) FPS for PC.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

n-c as much as I would like it to come out on the PS3 too. If it will be ported at all it will most likely just be the 360.

DarkDamo
DarkDamo

old news that its been pushed to 1st june

dchan01
dchan01

Finally a game that looks as good as HL2.

Rozza1001
Rozza1001

I just hope its worth the wait

n-c
n-c

it should come out on da ps3 or 360

NeDi2004
NeDi2004

its out @ the end of may is it not?

Suffere
Suffere

Why date Japan first.

XtReMeGaMeR4eVa
XtReMeGaMeR4eVa

Oh no it's been delayed! Someone stole the Source code again! Would it really surprise anyone if that happened again?

RoyCampbell
RoyCampbell

Isn't the HL2 Platinum that's coming out next week including Aftermath? Or is the date for that wrong?