Before anything, here is a special point we took recently: considering our satisfying and hard working manpower here and there (be it translators, encoders etc), we decided to change slightly the release scheldule:
Instead of letting everyone down until the full patch is done, we decided to change it altogether and mimic the Onikakushi-hen type of release: Chapter by chapter, or batch by batch of chapters each time.
This has been decided like this, as the process is much longer than expected and our wish to polish and serve a translation patch as neat as possible, hence much more retranslation and editing.
Witch Hunt is proud to announce that the first patch for Umineko no Naku Koro ni is available!
The first patch covers Chapter 00 to 02 of Episode 1, Legend of the Golden Witch. You can get it with these links (several mirrors):
[WH] Umineko 1 V0.1 15.3MB (rar file)
Please be sure to check the readme files as some specific points must be taken in account for the full use of the patch.
Also, remember this patch only works with Episode 2 (game). It does NOT work with episode 1.
Please remember that Episode 1 is INCLUDED in Episode 2 (just how it was for Higurashi), hence we are not skipping any episode at all. But the patch can only work with the second game, translation wise, it is about the first episode.
Please don’t hesitate to leave your feedbacks, comments, troubleshoots and so forth here!
We will soon provide a subbed version of the Opening movie of the game. Stay tuned!
EDIT: Much like what I said on AnimeSuki, I think this report might be useful here as well.
Much like what we warned from the start, the patch doesn’t work well with an episode 1 installation. Well, after few more tests, it seems you can actually play with an episode 1 install. However, absolutely no BGM is played at all. Furthermore, in chapter 2, during the “shacking boat” scene, due to instability with that portion with episode 1, the game sometimes freezes without much warning.
This happen almost all the time if you uses CTRL to skip through, while it is much rarer if you read normally.
That said, we strongly recommend against reading without BGM: Umineko is a sound novel: the lack of BGM will deal a very hard blow on your enjoyement of the story and such. Please get an Episode 2 copy as fast as you can.
On our side, we will try to provide an installer for episode 1. However, our main priority is to serve the fastest way an english patch for both Episode 1 and 2.
I can’t promise anything, but I will submit as soon as possible our progress and other updates.