My sense of timing for my Blue Almanac post was pretty well on the mark. Just this morning I found an email from Brandon Cobb of Super Fighter Team stating that Star Odyssey is now for sale.
Star Odyssey is the never before released English version of Blue Almanac. If you’re still into 16-bit gaming you’ve got chance at picking up a cool looking RPG that most every non Japanese speaker missed out on.
Here’s a look at the email notice that I received:
Brandon Cobb firstname.lastname@example.org
I vividly recall the first time I set my eyes on the ramshackle prototype of Blue Almanac as it had been adapted into pseudo-English. Here I held a game cartridge that few eyes had ever looked upon, despite it having been advertised in the publications of the time. People saw it, and people had interest in it, and despite that? POOF. Gone. Never set right with me for a moment. And that’s fine, because Super Fighter Team has made it our job to remedy unfair situations like that one.
As I was putting the finishing touches on the game’s new script, I took a look at one of those old press ads for the first time. The phrase “Your Star Odyssey is about to begin!” caught my eyes immediately, locking me in a silent moment of realization. We did it! We took this thing from myth to manifest. As a result, perhaps a few of the people who stared longingly at the blurry screenshots inside those early ’90s magazines will now find some pleasant closure. I’m damned proud of that thought.
June 22, 2011: Twenty years to the day after the release of Blue Almanac in Japan. We have done right by Hot-B Co., Ltd., licensing their fantastic role-playing adventure set in the future, and preparing it for a long overdue release worldwide.
We now invite you to enjoy the fruit of that hard work, by visiting the game’s official website and ordering a copy…
You’re sure to enjoy it.
Thank you for your interest and attention. We appreciate your support, as we would not exist without it. So long as we have such support, we will continue to fight the good fight, producing great new games for your favorite systems.
– Brandon Cobb
President, Super Fighter Team
“Never let dreams die!”
Early this morning when I first tried to place my order the site wasn’t actually ready for orders. By the time I got home from work and tried again all was good.
It will cost American residence $48 US and the rest of us $55 US (the difference is in the cost of shipping).
Now, if only I had a few people reading my blog I might feel like I’ve done my part 😛