A group called NNL has decided to localize Minori’s famous visual novel “ef – the First Tale”. NNL is planning to release the translated version of this wonderful visual novel on, surprisingly, May 2008. It’s quite hard to believe considering how visual novel localization project tends to take long time such as Mirror Moon. But I also heard that ef is not very long as a game so it might take less time finish it.
But what makes it surprising is how they’re planning to release it. Most translated version of visual novel is released in the form of a patch. That means we have to ‘get’ the game first before getting the patch but NNL decided to release the full game with its translation. According to them, there’s no big difference when it comes to releasing just a translation patch or full game since most people will also download the game illegally if they release just the translation patch. There might be a possibility that other translation group will follow this kind of method in the future.