ZekeFreek wrote:You're basically saying that I'm correct. It's just you have to replace the word "Simultaneously" with "Within a close time frame before the first game's release". Which for all intents in purposes is the same thing.
And even then, Kyle must have known whether or not he had finished recording his lines by then. I doubt he had to come in for that many sessions to begin with and he's been in this industry long enough to know how long it generally is between when his job is finished and when a game actually comes out. And if they were already recording lines, then obviously the translation and scripting were finished by that point. Which indicates that a vast majority of the work on DR2 was finished before DR1 came out.
Was it *finished* by the time the first game came out? Probably not, but I'd imagine it was probably mostly QA work before they waited a few months to start manufacturing copies.
You've got that wrong. That's not at all the same thing. If the preorders for DR1 had been bad, they wouldn't have been eager to bring DR2 over. By doing only DR1 first, if it had failed, they would have only lost half the money of doing DR1+DR2 together.
Think of the timeline that this has happened. Preorders on NISA went out in November and LE sold out mid-December. Pretty sure preorders were available on sites like Amazon even earlier, but I don't know how much that information becomes immediately available. But they probably had some grasp as to whether or not they thought DR1 would succeed or not sometime during that time.
Doing some googling, on average a professional translator can translate 2000-3000 words per day. I think I remember hearing that there are ~3000 sentences in DR2? Let's say 5000. Either way, it would take may be a few weeks to translate everything.
But, not everything in the game is voiced. It is essentially just the trials, plus the grunting noises. So even just having that ready would be enough to go on.
Recording itself doesn't take a very long time as you said. Couple of days for each voice actor would be reasonable.
Let's say they started working on DR2 in December. DR1 came out in February. It is not impossible to do most of the translation and some of the voice acting done in that amount of time.