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Active Gaming Media releases a documentary showing The Silver Case’s journey to the West.

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The Silver Case documentary

Active Gaming Media releases a documentary showing The Silver Case’s journey to the West.

Here at Thumbsticks we thought that The Silver Case was a great experience – especially if you are already a fan of Goichi Suda’s other work. The Silver Case was the first game to come out of Suda51’s new studio Grasshopper Manufacture, but despite the cult success of subsequent games, such as Killer7 and No More Heroes, it had still not made the journey outside of Japan.

This was not the result of any legal wrangling, as there had been an attempt to bring it to the Nintendo DS after the game’s quasi-sequel Flower, Sun, and Rain had received that very treatment. Whilst Flower, Sun, and Rain was very text heavy – due to its visual nature and setting – localisation was relatively straightforward (although there are still difficulties to any localisation efforts).

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The Silver Case, on the other hand, is overwhelmingly text-based and is deeply influenced by its 1999 Japanese setting. Suda knew how difficult the game would be to properly localise in a way that was still true to the original Japanese version, and would not settle for anything less. Now his dream of The Silver Case being available in English has become a reality.

Here we are 17 years later and The Silver Case is now playable on PC, as well as Mac, and PS4 early next year. The documentary tells the story of the recreation of the game in the form of the HD Remaster through PAX West 2016 and Tokyo Game Show 2016. Key members of the original development team and those involved in the HD remaster speak about their work, accompanied by expressions of anticipation from fans as they await the game finally reaching the West.

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You can watch the documentary below:

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Despite studying Politics at Undergrad and then War Studies at Master's level, James managed to write multiple essays relating to technology and more importantly video games.