Wednesday, April 11, 2007

FreeTrain in English now runs

It's been nearly a year since I first posted up a request for volunteers to get FreeTrain (original Japanese homepage) up and running.



Many thanks to Daniel Markstedt who has stepped up and not only translated the game but managed to get it running as well! A little bit more work is involved in getting it to a stage where we can provide binaries but the hard stuff is done.



If you want to know what all the excitement is about, check out this gargantuan screenshot of FreeTrain in action. How cool is that? :-)



In order to disambiguate this version of FreeTrain from the original, it needs a new name. FreeTrain-En and FreeTrain International are already taken. Daniel gives his opinion:




I was thinking of something in the lines of "FreeTrain Universal" or maybe "FreeTrain - Free Edition" ('freed' from its linguistic/geographic and platform restraints.) =)


Can anybody come up with something for us?



In the rumour mill, apparently the Privateer Gemini Gold 1.02 release is imminent. Lots of updated graphics (notably the bases and UI which were low-res in 1.01 but redone hi-res for 1.02) and lots of bugfixes and play balancing should polish off this game nicely.



Also a new Scourge! release draws closer. Improved UI, lots of bug fixes, and some nice new artwork should make this game much more fun to play.



I need to get back to work. No headphones lately so no music tips at the moment.