Speaking at the Anime Expo just passed, Andrew "SpaceDrake" Dice of independent localization studio Carpe Fulgur announced that the team's third project is a game called Fortune Summoners: Secret of the Elemental Stone, and it should be with us by November or December.
Fortune Summoners is a PC-based side-scrolling platformer action-RPG which Dice compares to Zelda II, Wonder Boy or Wanderers From Ys. Dice says that the interface build is already 90% in English and only in need of debugging and editing. Events in the prologue and demo are already fully in English and in need of minor editing -- a demo should be with us between September and October.
Dice also confirmed that the game will be 100% DRM-free, unlike the original Japanese version. It will also feature full controller support for Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers as well as third-party devices via Xinput.
The original Japanese version, released in 2008, was followed up by a "Deluxe" re-release in 2009 with "professional" voice work, extra content and graphical enhancements. Carpe Fulgur's English release of the game will include the Deluxe version's graphical enhancements, but not the professional voice work or extra content. "The going rate for getting the rights for the 'pro' voice work would have immediately turned everyone at CF into hobos," said Dice. "There was no way to afford it and stay in business."
Carpe Fulgur is best-known for its excellent localization of Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, a quirky take on dungeon-crawling, loot-whoring JRPGs and currently reduced in price in Steam's summer sale. Later this year, the team will also release its localization of action-RPG Chantelise, which Dice promises there will be more news on very soon.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Carpe Fulgur's Third Project