In Japan, Front Mission boasts an extremely devoted and loyal audience united in their appreciation for the transmedia entity. However, its audience in the rest of the world has suffered from a heavily fragmented base for years. Due to a variety of factors which can be traced back to how poorly the franchise was handled overseas, fans around the world had many misconceptions about Front Mission. Whether it’s thinking that Front Mission: Gun Hazard is “Front Mission 2″, there are only five Front Mission entries, Front Mission is all about video games and nothing else, or the notion that Front Mission is supposed to be all about turn-based strategy, one could think that no one really understands the franchise.
That is, until on a certain December 17, 2007, a group of Front Mission fans decided to band together and create a fan-based localization of Front Mission 5 ~Scars of the War~. All of the men and women involved had no idea how many fans were looking forward to the project during its initial conception…but they soon found out the answer. By the time of the project’s completion on December 29, 2009, Front Mission fans from North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia (even some from Japan) had all visited the project website to check up on its progress. Needless to say, the translation team realized that Front Mission could indeed have a united base outside of Japan. And with that, the men and women who had translated such a fine video game decided to delve deep into the Front Mission universe and uncover its secrets…and relay them to the rest of the world. And as the saying goes, the rest is history.
The entire team involved with the Front Mission: Series Translation Project would like to thank each and every person who supported them since day one. The team knows that many have done so through e-mail messages over the years. While it is wonderful to read how many people have been “enlightened” on the uniqueness of Front Mission, the team wants to see a more public display of these thanks for all others to read. So, as a fan of Front Mission, please take the time to answer the following questions and polls. Some of these questions were part of this blog posting, but given as it was written a year ago, fans who wrote in it are free to post their updated thoughts. Let’s show the people who denied us of Front Mission for so long how united we are in solidarity!
- How did you find out about Front Mission?
- Where did you start off in Front Mission? (i.e. the first Front Mission product you bought)
- What Front Mission products do you own?
- What were your impressions of Front Mission before the Front Mission: Series Translation Project was created?
- How has the Front Mission: Series Translation Project changed your impressions of Front Mission?
- Why do you like Front Mission?