Yesterday heralded a new Kickstarter update from the Shenmue III team, and so inevitably there’s another round of lamentable media misfires to clean up today.
The part of yesterday’s news that some reporters have leapt upon is this rather inoccuous piece:
“Many people have asked for there to be an option to switch between Japanese and English voicing. We understand how strongly people feel about this feature, and it is something we would like to include as well, but the inclusion of a dual audio option will ultimately come down to budgetary limitations. Whether it will be added or not, will need to be decided as development progresses.”
Pretty simple to understand, we would have thought.
But of course, the ease with which the gaming press can mangle a quote and turn anything into a sensational scare story should never be underestimated.
Cue a number of reports claiming that Ys Net can no longer guarantee that Shenmue III’s dialog will be recorded in both Japanese and English.
This despite the fact that Ryo Hazuki’s Japanese and English voice actors were both confirmed as returning during the Kickstarter campaign last summer.
In fact Ryo’s English voice actor, Corey Marshall, has even felt compelled to quash the misunderstanding on Twitter:
“Relax, guys. What’s to be seen is if there will be an option to toggle between Japanese and English voicing, NOT do away with the latter.”
It has always been, and continues to be, the case that players in Japan will be able to play the game with Japanese voices, and players in English-speaking parts of the world will be able to play the game with English voices. That’s not dependant on anything – it’s in the bag.
All that’s in question is whether both audio tracks will be included on the same disc, as encapsulated in the very first sentence we quoted above:
- “Many people have asked for there to be an option to switch between Japanese and English voicing.”
- Or as later described, a dual audio option.
- The ability to opt between two audio tracks.
- Grass is green. The sky is blue.
- A cheeseburger is a burger containing cheese.
- Beach balls are spherical objects commonly found near the ocean.
We doubt very much that anyone reading this needs it spelling out in such patronizing terms, but apparently those we’re supposed to trust with delivering our gaming news could use a few pointers in basic comprehension.
Which is frightening when you consider what else they might have misreported about other games and the industry in general, when they seem to get so much wrong about Shenmue alone.
Just imagine what you think you know because you read it online or in a magazine.
If only gamers could tune out the white noise and receive the straight up facts instead.
If only… if only the Internet had a dual audio option