Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records English fan translation is in the works

Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks - Alrest Records fan translation into English is in the works

Monolith Soft launched Xenoblade Chronicles 2 back in December 2017 as quite the capstone for Nintendo Switch’s first year on the market. A little over a year later, in February 2019, Kadokawa published Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records in Japan, a 352-page art book that also contained plenty of lore. To date, the book has received no official English translation. However, the next best thing is in the works. Fans @MechaMkII (“Ker”) and @feezy_feez (“Feez”) on Twitter are putting together an English fan translation of Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records, and Ker has shared a few pages in preview. Ker is also contemplating starting a blog to communicate progress on the translation and other projects.

If it comes to fruition, Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records would be far from the first Xeno book to receive an awesome English fan translation. Xenoblade: The Secret File – Monado Archives received a full English fan translation last year (though its original download link no longer works), and long prior to that, a fantastic fan translation of Xenogears Perfect Works was created. It’s weird that different game publishers have apparently expressed little interest in publishing these things internationally, so it’s a good thing that talented fans exist.

Stay tuned for updates on the fan translation of Xenoblade 2: Official Artworks – Alrest Records, and for more news about awesome things that are suddenly available in English, check out Final Fantasy VI T-Edition.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!