Just a quick update to let you guys know we’re still alive and we love you. Or is that we… Heart… you?
I noticed that I never put up a screenshot of the main menu. I figure I ought to since Absolute Zero’s initial teaser shot was of the main menu. You know, just out of the sheer principle of it.
Also, here’s a shot of the Connect Panel screen where you can summon allies from outside the battle party. As you can see, for now, both the Hometek localized name and the romaji name for the arte are listed… this may change in the future.
A shame that Guy isn’t voiced in this game; I would have loved to hear sage advice from him like “Never fight a battle you can’t win!” Oddly enough, that doesn’t stop him from jumping into the arena pit only to be cut down by Xing’s beamspam. Hypocrite. Oops, was that a spoiler?
Moving on, a shot from the prologue FMV:
Of note is that Kohaku is called Amber here. This is because I figured that people might have naming preferences that don’t match my own.* The default names are Xing, Hisui, and Kohaku. However, if you prefer names of the Localized variety, simply hold L as you start a new game, and the default names will be Xing, Jaden, and Amber. If you find that crazy names like Xing are a sacrilege to you and to the Honorable Japanese Nihongo Language, you will probably be most pleased with the Rocarized option, which can be accessed by holding R as you start a new game. Doing this will change the defaurt names to Shing, Hisui, and Kohak. I hope that these options will satisfy everyone who plays the game, and if not, well, you can rename the characters once they join your party proper.
Well, that’s all I have for now. Thanks for the comments, guys, and catch you later!
* P.S. Were this an official localization effort complete with dubbing, I would prefer Jaden and Amber. However, since it is not, I feel that the very obvious name/voice mismatch that would result from this makes Hisui and Kohaku a better choice. Just wanted to clarify in case anyone was by some rare chance curious as to my opinion.