Utilities: Suzumiya Haruhi no Chokuretsu Editor Serial Loops v0.1 Released!

Started by RHDNBot, April 18, 2023, 07:25:48 AM

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Update By: Haroohie Translation Club

The Haroohie Translation Club is very excited to announce the first release (v0.1 beta) of Serial Loops, a full editing suite for Suzumiya Haruhi no Chokuretsu (The Series of Haruhi Suzumiya)!

Chokuretsu is a 2009 Nintendo DS visual novel/puzzle game based on the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels. In late 2021, the Haroohie Translation Club was formed around a project to translate this game. While initially just focused on writing tooling to support the translation effort, the team's lead ROM hacker, Jonko, eventually managed to crack the game's custom compression algorithm, archive format, script files & custom scripting language, custom animation formats, and more. Armed with that knowledge, he and lead designer William278 set out to create a full editor for the game.

In this first beta release, Serial Loops is capable of completely rewriting the game from the ground up to tell any story with the Haruhi characters that you want. Some specific features are:
* Creating, saving, opening, building and running projects from within the editor
* Tools for searching items, including text within items (dialogue lines)
* Editing game banner data, including its icon and name
* Editing game scripts (including dialogue, character layouts on maps, top-screen data & more), with a live preview
* Editing the game scenario flow (i.e. which scripts get executed in which order)
* Replacing backgrounds, with automatic resizing
* Replacing and leveling audio, modifying BGM loop parameters, updating BGM track names as they appear in the bonus room
* Replacing voiced lines
* Viewing (but not editing) maps, puzzles, topics, place name graphics, chibis (and animations), character portraits (and animations), and a number of other miscellaneous items!

Progress is already underway on allowing editing those other items, and eventually Serial Loops will be capable of creating an entirely original visual novel with the Chokuretsu engine.

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