BlazBlue: Central Fiction will be the first BlazBlue game not to receive an English dub. This news was quietly announced by North American publisher Aksys Games last week alongside the reveal of the fighting game’s limited edition.
Specifically, Aksys said that ‘it boiled down to game now with no dub, or game six-to-eight months later with a dub. We made a tough decision, but stick by it.’ It further added that it has no plans to release a dubbed version of the game or dub downloadable content. However, the company did say that an English dub is possible, but sometimes developers need to be convinced via fan efforts like petitions.
So fans, understandably disappointed with the lack of English voice-overs—especially considering this is the end of BlazBlue main character Ragna’s story—have taken to Change.org with a petition to bring a dub to the game.
Ragna voice actor Patrick Seitz voiced his disappointment in a Facebook post last week, summarizing, “BlazBlue: Central Fiction isn’t getting dubbed. I’m sad about it, irate about how impersonally I found out, and not putting any particular stock in a dub happening after-the-fact… After all this time, it hurts to be told that we’re not so central to the fiction after all.”
I received a lot of e-mails about this. Fans are really trying towards something they feel is essential to the BlazBlue series. If you’re a fan, or just want to contribute, you can help by signing the petition at Change.org.
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