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Aksys explains how Good People Die became Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

by rawmeatcowboy
14 March 2012
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So you may have heard that we are releasing this game, and calling it “Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward.” You might have also heard of this game before, and heard it called “Good People Die” or even “Zennin Shiboudesu.” Maybe when you heard that we were calling it Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward, you said to yourself, “What in the Sam Hill is this?! I liked ‘Good People Die,’ gosh darn it!”

Well, truth be told, so did we. But “Good People Die” was a relatively direct translation, and as is often the case with that sort of thing, something was lost in the move. Specifically, in the original Japanese the phrase that was translated to “good people die” would be read in two different ways: either as “these people (who are good) are going to die” or as “I want to be/become a good person.” Although “Good People Die” as a title communicated the first meaning quite well, the second was lost entirely.

Check out the full explanation here