Policenauts and Snatcher Translation News
Yeah, it's me, Sensei Phoenix, but this is a subject that's very near and dear to my heart, so I felt I had to be the one to update about it. Apparently there is a new campaign to get Konami's graphic adventure game, Policenauts translated and perhaps release it with its unofficial "prequel" Snatcher. For those of you familiar with Snatcher on the Sega CD, you know it was quite an impressive and gripping game about a group of androids who murder people and take their places, all set in a futuristic cyberpunk world. What you might not know is that it was ported to the Playstation as well as the Turbo-CD before going to the Sega CD, meaning a translation of the game for PSX shouldn't be that difficult. Also of note is that it was directed, and I use that term literally, by Hideo Kojima of Metal Gear Solid fame. If that doesn't get your mouth to wattering, I don't know what will.
For those of you who don't know about Policenauts, the game plays a lot like Snatcher, only follows the adventure of a police officer in mankind's first orbital habitat. Sounds even more Sci-Fi than Snatcher, but it's set in 2010. In any case, it was 75-80% translated by Konami before they decided to ditch it due to dismal market prospects. It was also directed by Kojima and looks to be as good if not better than Snatcher (so the mags say!).
However, there is hope of seeing Policenauts translated for the PSX, and perhaps even having Snatcher included along with it, but this is where all you gamers come in. You need to send Konami a message about this. If you want to see Policenauts translated in English, go here, subject is Policenauts in English? Go on over and post your message to Konami on the issue. Thanks to Kris Pickett, a.k.a. Gatse Becker, for getting the ball rolling.
Also, thanks to Chronologist, we've got pics of both Policenauts and Snatcher now on the site. Check them out on the Playstation pics page here. Also, cheap plug, check out my review of Snatcher here for a more in-depth look at this fabulous title.
Now go out there and tell Konami how you feel about the issue. Let's hope they listen!
June 2nd, 2000
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