18th July 2015, Umineko Project, formerly known as Umineko PS3Fication Project, without charge or trial sentences the culprit, Umineko no Naku Koro ni Rondo of the Witch and Reasoning EP1 β, to an immediate public release without a right to appeal.
We have been working for more than 4 years to be able to give a start to a release cycle of Umineko PS3 Port, and everybody in the team feels very very happy. We have a strong will to make Umineko as beautiful as it should be for English and Russian speaking audiences, and this will gives us strength to continue our work further and further. We do hope you are going to enjoy the first episode as much as we do, as much as our testers did, who spent their time seeking for the bugs and dealing with various horribleness we left. As a small gratitude we credited those who allowed us to in the credits (play ???? to the end). The community should know their heroes :D.
So, what does this mean. We have written a <big FAQ> answering most of your questions. Everybody is suggested to read that to avoid any issues. Some main questions are also answered below.
Many of you will wonder why just episode 1 after so long, some observant ones will even claim that we showed scenes from next episodes on YouTube videos. That’s a tough question, because at this step we indeed have the whole of Rondo (4 episodes) playable to some level. The last words mean that other episodes aren’t fully polished. Quality user experience is something we have always been targeting, and since we know that the game may freeze/crash show visual glitches at certain steps, we cannot release these episodes right now. But don’t worry. We will start to test the next episode in weeks and it should be ready in much (MUCH) less time than 4 years.
As you can see, the game is marked with a beta symbol. This means we are not fully complete and the following limitations exist in the game:
— Episodes 2—4 are not present;
— Alchemist’s edits cannot be disabled from the settings, the option is not working;
— Gamepad support is incomplete, some menus may not have pad-optimised ui and force-feedback may not work on some joysticks, a corresponding menu option is also useless;
— Russian translation is not fully reedited at the moment, we are working on that but there are human resource limitations;
— Message browser may be slow on mostly low-end PCs at first open and line jumping in particular;
— There may still be other issues, for some known technical ones refer to <Known issues> page.
Are you still reading? Sorry, what are you waiting for? Go to Downloads section.
P. S. If you notice an issue, i. e. a bug, a crash, a typo or something else, you are strongly encouraged to post in bug reports forum.