Driving JRPG Racing Lagoon Fan Translation Completed

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A singular a part of PlayStation and Square Enix historical past is now a bit of extra accessible to gamers exterior Japan. An English-language fan translation of Racing Lagoon, an obscure, Japan-exclusive “Racing RPG” has simply been accomplished by translator Hilltop. They beforehand accomplished a fan translation of Dr. Slump, one other PS1-era game unique to Japan. Hilltop first launched a partial fan translation patch for Racing Lagoon in June 2021. After constructing a staff, the work to finish the total patch took about 5 extra months.

Check out a trailer for the fully-localized version of Racing Lagoon under.

Originally developed and launched in 1999 by Squaresoft (earlier than its merger with Enix), Racing Lagoon blended parts of JRPG-style storytelling with racing video games. The story takes place within the metropolis of Yokohama and facilities on nighttime road racing within the metropolis. Ten years previous to the game, a road racing occasion passed off, pitting Team Bay Lagoon Racing in opposition to Night Racers Honmuku. Sho Akasaki, a newly joined member of Bay Lagoon, is decided to search out out the secrets and techniques behind that occasion. Known as “The Fastest Legend,” it could maintain clues to his personal forgotten previous.

Racing Lagoon featured automobile customization, and two gameplay modes: High Speed Driving RPG  and Two Warriors Battle. The RPG mode concerned gamers driving across the metropolis, taking missions and flashing their headlights at different automobiles to provoke races. Battle mode was a regular two-player native versus mode.

Racing Lagoon by no means made it out of Japan, partially because of middling business and significant reception. In 2014 the cell game Spirit Yankee Soul added a Racing Lagoon themed occasion. However, through the years it has develop into one thing of a cult hit, with gamers appreciating its jazz/techno fusion soundtrack and distinctive parts. The fan translation patch ought to allow extra gamers with out Japanese proficiency to find these parts for themselves.

Racing Lagoon launched on the PlayStation 1, however it’s not formally out there exterior Japan.