More than on the SegaXtreme forums a member by the name TrekkiesUnite118 has began a thread about applying the English translation from the Playstation version of Grandia to localize the Japanese Saturn version.
In its day Grandia was an amazing technical achievement and remains a single of my preferred games of all time. I have usually believed of it as a spiritual successor to the Lunar series (as each had been created by Game Arts and Studio Alex). The game was released toward the finish of the Saturn’s life and that place it on precarious footing for receiving an English localization. At the time, Sega of America was mentioned to have been taking into consideration undertaking its personal localization but opted to bring Situation 1 of Shining Force III to the U.S. alternatively. Ultimately the game was ported to the Playstation in Japan then later localized in English by Ubisoft, nonetheless quite a few really feel the Playstation version to be a technically inferior release. With out receiving into the specifics, the Saturn version had smoother framerates much better colour and just all about cleaner graphics. Also, the voice perform for the English localization was, to place it mildly, divisive. Although it was nowhere close to the worst of its era, lines had been delivered without having conviction or apparent know-how of the context and just didn’t seriously match the high-quality of the Japanese version. In reality, there are currently patches out there on romhacking.net to restore the original Japanese voice tracks for the English PS1 release.
Although the thread on SegaXtreme is virtually a year old, current progress, which includes playable betas of the patch, have moved this beyond the speculation phase to a project with some legs. By patching Disc 1 and burning it to a CD-R, this is playable on a true Saturn (with proper “backup” playing modification, of course), although simply because this game utilizes streaming fairly heavily, the Saturn can have a really hard time with reading the game effectively from CD-Rs so the author strongly recommends applying emulators till some far more of the bugs are squashed. If you do want to use CD-Rs anyway the usual suggestions for higher-high-quality media with low create speeds apply. With the Rhea, Phoebe and upcoming Satiator there are, of course, lots of other alternatives. In addition to a beta of the patch itself, the author also offers a Debug version to simplify producing bug reports.
If you are a fan of the game, or just the Saturn in common, I strongly recommend checking it out!