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Fruitbat Factory is a Finland-based independent Japanese-to-English localization company, founded on February 10th, 2012 by Jakke Elonen and Ozhan Sen.[1][2][3]

Company Goal

"Our mission is to let everyone enjoy the best Japanese games in English." -Jakke Elonen

Formation

The cover of Little Busters!

Little Busters! (リトルバスターズ!), a Japanese visual novel, was released in Japan, on July 27th, 2007. Little Busters! was developed by Key and published by VisualArt.[4] On February 10th, 2008, a group of fans named Team Fluffy began an unofficial English translation of Little Busters! as a passion project.[5]

Ozhan Sen, under the name EchoMateria, was one of the first ones among Team Fluffy to work on the project, with his main job in editing graphics for the project. Jakke Elonen, under the name Phlebas, joined Team Fluffy as its script editor soon after, on November 2008.[6][7] Further in the project's development, on July 2010, Tony Blomqvist, under the name Rive, began submitting error reports for the translation project and later officially joined Team Fluffy as its proofreader on December 2010.[8][9] On December 18th, 2011, the translation of Little Busters! was completed and it was also announced that the translation of the other editions of Little Busters!, Little Busters! Ecstasy and Little Busters! Memorial Edition, will be the next project for Team Fluffy.[10][11]

In early 2012, Ozhan Sen and Jakke Elonen were inspired to take an even more active role and expand the English-to-Japanese localization market, disappointed by the small amount of Japanese games getting localized. As a result, they decided to form the company Fruitbat Factory. Mr. Sen and Mr. Elonen contacted Yoshifumi Ishii, a translator the two enjoyed working with over the years, to join the new company, bringing the original staff count to three. When coming up with a name for the company, Jakke, at one point, said "That's such a fruitbat idea." and Ozhan liked the word "fruitbat", and so eventually this formed the name Fruitbat Factory.[12] With the foundation laid out, Fruitbat Factory was formed on February 10th, 2012.[3]

100% Orange Juice

In 2013, Fruitbat Factory began talks with developer Orange_Juice about localizing 100% Orange Juice!, as Rockin' Android had opted not to make a translation for the game. 100% Orange Juice! was a 5-year anniversary game for Orange_Juice that was only marketed at Comiket 76, and subsequently had not sold well during its original 2009 JP release. After some discussion, Fruitbat Factory was allowed to localize the game, and in a risky move, decided to delay the game for 3 months for a Steam release with multiplayer to make the game easily playable. On May 16th, 2014, the game was released on steam.

The original game logo.

Unlike previous titles, however, sales of the game remained steady as opposed to dropping off after the initial release. Now able to prove a consistent userbase, Fruitbat Factory was able to convince Orange_Juice that gradually adding more content to expand the now five-year-old game could be worth it. This culminated in the release of the first DLC, the Syura & Nanako Character Pack, on October 15th, 2014, which was received very well by the community. Since the DLC's release, the company has gradually improved the game's detail and graphics, and added new DLCs every few months. In 2017, the company also hired more coders specifically for 100% Orange Juice! (growing their staff to ten), enabling them to create more complicated events than any of the previous ones. At the end of 2017, Fruitbat Factory released Scramble!! for an Xmas Miracle!, the first scripted and complex event for the game, which has since been followed by more intricate special events.[13]

Team Members

Members of Fruitbat Factory, Ordered Left to Right (Yoshifumi Ishii, Tony Blomqvist, Jakke Elonen, and Ozhan Sen)
  • Jakke Elonen, CEO, Founding Partner, Project and Editing Lead
  • Ozhan Sen, Founding Partner, Graphics and Marketing Lead
  • Yoshifumi Ishii, Translation, Japanese Relations
  • Runa Daikai, Business Development Manager
  • Juan Gomez, Translation, Japanese Relations
  • Tony Blomqvist, Lead Programmer
  • Kyle Combs, Programmer
  • hexun, Programmer
  • Yulay Devlet, Senior Art Designer
  • Coffgirl, Art Designer
  • Justin "Ikuse" Khar, Art Designer
  • Cesar Oliver, Junior Programmer
  • Paulo "Blue Link" Naressi, Junior Programmer
  • Sora, Junior Programmer
  • Yoran Heling, Webmaster

Releases

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FBF War of the Human Tanks.png

 Name: War of the Human Tanks
 Developer: Yakiniku Banzai
 Release Date: September 14th, 2012
 Price: $9.99 USD

FBF 99 Spirits.png

 Name: 99 Spirits
 Developer: TORaIKI
 Release Date: May 31st, 2013
 Price: $9.99 USD

FBF 100% Orange Juice.png
 Name: 100% Orange Juice
 Developer: Orange_Juice
 Release Date: September 10th, 2013
 Price: $6.99 USD
FBF QP Shooting - Dangerous!!.png
 Name: QP Shooting - Dangerous!!
 Developer: Orange_Juice
 Release Date: November 14th, 2014
 Price: $7.99 USD
FBF War of the Human Tanks - ALTer.png
 Name: War of the Human Tanks - ALTeR
 Developer: Yakiniku Banzai
 Release Date: February 13th, 2015
 Price: $12.99 USD
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 Name: ManaCollect
 Developer: Tazigen Clock
 Release Date: April 17th, 2015
 Price: $6.99 USD
FBF 200% Mixed Juice!.png
 Name: 200% Mixed Juice!
 Developer: Orange_Juice
 Release Date: October 23rd, 2015
 Price: $6.99 USD
FBF Eiyuu Senki.png
 Name: Eiyuu Senki - The World Conquest
 Developer: Tenco
 Release Date: October 11th, 2016
 Price: $39.99 USD
FBF Sora.png
 Name: Sora
 Developer: Orange_Juice
 Release Date: January 5th, 2016
 Price: $8.99 USD
FBF Magical Eyes - Red is for Anguish.png
 Name: Magical Eyes - Red is for Anguish
 Developer: Pomera Studios
 Release Date: March 30th, 2016
 Price: $14.99 USD
FBF War of the Human Tanks - Limited Operations.png
 Name: War of the Human Tanks - Limited Operations
 Developer: Yakiniku Banzai
 Release Date: June 13th 2016
 Price: $9.99 USD
FBF Enigma.png
 Name: ENIGMA:
 Developer: Uzumeya
 Release Date: November 15th, 2016
 Price: $14.99 USD
FBF Xmas Shooting - Scramble!!.png
 Name: Xmas Shooting - Scramble!!
 Developer: Orange_Juice
 Release Date: December 16th, 2016
 Price: $4.99 USD
FBF Kamio Recoil.png
Name: Kamio Recoil
Developer: Hanaji Games
Release Date: December 21st, 2016
Price: $7.99 USD
FBF Miniature Garden.png
Name: Miniature Garden
Developer: Muzintou
Release Date: March 30th, 2017
Price: $19.99 USD
FBF Neko Navy.png
Name: Neko Navy
Developer: DeathMofuMofu
Release Date: June 14th, 2017
Price: $10.99 USD
FBF Lionheart.png
Name: Lionheart
Developer: Shiisanmei
Release Date: July 31st, 2017
No Longer Available[14]
FBF SeaBed.png
Name: SeaBed
Developer: Paleontology
Release Date: December 19th, 2017
Price: $19.99 USD
FBF Acceleration of SUGURI 2.png
Name: Acceleration of SUGURI 2
Developer: Orange_Juice
Release Date: March 7th, 2018
Price: $8.99 USD
FBF Chuusotsu!.png
Name: Chuusotsu! 1st Graduation: Time After Time
Developer: Studio Beast
Release Date: April 24th, 2018
Price: $19.99 USD
FBF Dungeon Girl.png
Name: Dungeon Girl
Developer: Inu to Neko
Release Date: July 30th, 2018
Price: $11.99 USD
FBF Neko Navy Daydream.png
Name: Neko Navy - Daydream Edition
Developer: DeathMofuMofu
Release Date: December 13th, 2018
Price: $12.99 USD
FBF Agartha.png
Name: Agartha
Developer: isao / NOCHI
Release Date: March 20th, 2019
Price: $7.99 USD
FBF Akashicforce.png
Name: ∀kashicforce
Developer: Endless Shirafu
Release Date: March 29th, 2019
Price: $12.99 USD
FBF The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart.png
Name: The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart
Developer: TOKYOTOON
Release Date: June 17th, 2019
Price: $19.99 USD
FBF The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2.png
Name: The Princess, the Stray Cat, and Matters of the Heart 2
Developer: TOKYOTOON
Release Date: November 8th, 2019
Price: $19.99 USD
FBF Seven Days.png
Name: Seven Days
Developer: LIFE0
Release Date: December 13th, 2019
Price: $39.99 USD
FBF Chuusotsu! 1.5th Graduation- The Moving Castle.png
Name: Chuusotsu! 1.5th Graduation: The Moving Castle
Developer: Studio Beast
Release Date: January 17th, 2020
Price: $9.99 USD
FBF FRB.png
Name: Flying Red Barrel
Developer: Orange_Juice
Release Date: June 19th, 2020
Price: $9.99 USD
FBF Jiangshi x Daoshi.png
Name: Jiangshi x Daoshi
Developer: Dendo Denkido
Release Date: July 16th, 2020
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FBF Treehouse Riddle.png
Name: Treehouse Riddle
Developer: Marudice
Release Date: TBA
Price: TBA