While X and Future Tone were released very close to one another in Japan, it took until 2017 for the Western version of Future Tone to appear- for the longest time, I figured Sega wouldn't bother at all, but I guess they wanted to space things out. In any case, the localisation is pretty interesting for this one in a few ways. For a start, most of the songs use their translated titles from the Western releases, with a handful of odd exceptions. The song Torinokocity was previously localised as Urbandonment, Karakuri Pierrot was Clockwork Clown, and Sakura no Ame was Sakura Rain. Aside from this, the names for most songs and every costume are the same as they were in previously-localised versions. The other oddity is that while F 2nd and X had fully-translated lyrics for every song except Kagerou Days, Future Tone is more like F, with lyrics presented in romaji only. The reasoning for this is logistical and obvious- there's over 200 songs, each requiring approval of the lyrics translation from its producer. 30 songs is doable, 200+ is not. Just one of those things, eh? I also imagine they didn't want to provide translations only for the F 2nd songs, so kept it consistent instead.
Additionally, the graphical changes made to the Western versions of the Project DIVA games, such as the Dreamcast swirl in Remote Control changing from red to blue and the cafe in Summer Idol from '70 POP to '70s POP ... With one exception that we've spotted so far, the item box opened in The MMORPG Addict's Anthem remains in Japanese even in the Western version, which I like to interpret as a subtle nod that Sega knows that game's never coming out in English. Just a thought.
Even better, the vast majority of them are included in the Prelude download so you don't need either pack to get your Sega cameo fix, or at least part of it. There's quite a few of them this time, so here's a handy chart denoting what the module is, who it's for, what game they're from, and which pack they're included in.
|Modules For...||Module Name (Eng)||Origin Character||Original Game||Included Pack|
|Miku||Gallia Squad 7||Alicia Melchiott||Valkyria Chronicles||Prelude|
|Miku||Space Channel 5||Ulala||Space Channel 5||Prelude|
|Miku||Type 2020||Hatsune Miku||7th Dragon 2020||Prelude|
|Miku||Sonic Style||Sonic||Sonic the Hedgehog||Prelude|
|Miku||Fei-Yen Style||Fei-Yen||Virtual On: Cyber Troopers||Colorful Tone|
|Miku||FOnewearl Style||FOnewearl||Phantasy Star Online 2||Future Sound|
|Miku||P4: Dancing All Night Miku||Hatsune Miku||Persnoa 4: Dancing All Night||Colorful Tone|
|Rin||RoF Style||Leanne||Resonance of Fate||Colorful Tone|
|Rin||Nameless No. 1||Nameless No. 1 / Imca||Valkyria Chronicles III||Prelude|
|Rin||Apprentice Magician||Arle Nadja||Puyo Puyo||Prelude|
|Len||Nameless No. 7||Nameless No. 1 / Kurt Irving||Valkyria Chronicles III||Prelude|
|Luka||VF Suit||Sarah Bryant||Virtua Fighter||Colorful Tone|
|Luka||Nagisa Replica||Nagisa||Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity||Prelude|
|Luka||Nagisa Replica Alt||Nagisa (no eyepatch)||Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity||Prelude|
|Luka||Wood Nymph||Altina Mel Sylphis||Shining Blade||Prelude|
|KAITO||VF Ninja||Kage-Maru||Virtua Fighter||Prelude|
|KAITO||VF Ninja Alt.||Kage-Maru (no mask)||Virtua Fighter||Prelude|
|MEIKO||Lin Xiao-Mei Costume||Lin Xiao-Mei||Shining Hearts||Prelude|
|MEIKO||Border Break Operator||Fiona||Border Break||Colorful Tone|
Did you spot the new one on this list? Well, it's new to you, at any rate- it's Miku's costume from Persona 4: Dancing All Night, as designed by Shigenori Soejima, main character designer from Persona 3 onwards. The costume was originally used as part of a collaboration between him and singer Namie Amuro for her album _genic, which came out a few days before Dancing All Night (all those notes come from the Hatsune Miku page on the Megami Tensei Wiki, so ta). It's unclear whether the DLC of this costume for DIVA X came out before or after it was included in the arcade release, but this is probably where you saw it first outside Dancing All Night, so... There we are! Way too many notes on one (1) costume.
Additionally, as noted, the game includes four Sega remix songs, and while Magical Sound Shower and Quartet of Multiple Futures -Quartet Theme- both reuse backdrops from earlier Project DIVA songs, the others get new backdrops! After Burner uses assets taken from After Burner Climax (and even includes the licensed F-14 Tomcat model from the game) and, more impressively, Like the Wind not only looks faithful to Power Drift, including similar cars, adverts and the flying START bammer, but the backdrop is a genuine 3D reproduction of the figure-8 course that served as Stage 1 in Course B, which is where Like the Wind originally served as the background music.
You'd be quite surprised at the number of Vocaloid-produced songs on iTunes- we certainly were- so we decided to have a quick gander and see what songs featured in Future Tone (and, as such, the entire series) you can get from there. This is something we'll try and keep updated and add to (if you listen carefully, you can hear a hearty, raspy laugh coming from my editor's office) but for now, let us share the Vocaloid love on iTunes (in the UK, at least- sorry, America). Some of these link to albums, but we've marked which songs we're dealing with. Also, we've only included proper versions of the songs, which excludes live show versions.
|SYMPHONIC DIVE||Re:nG||On iTunes|
|Sing & Smile||Re:nG||On iTunes|
|Weekender Girl||kz(livetune) x Hachioji P||On iTunes|
|Tell Your World||kz(livetune)||On iTunes|
|Ai Kotoba||DECO*27||On iTunes|
|39||Sasakure:UK x DECO*27||On iTunes|
Rolling Girl (as Rollin' Girl)
Two-Sided Lovers (as Uraomote Lovers)
World's End Dancehall
|This is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Commitee||t.Komine||On iTunes|
|Time Limit||North-T||On iTunes|
|Giant Girl (as Kyoudai Syoujo)||40mp||On iTunes|
|Time Machine (as Timemachine)
|Akatsuki Arrival||Last Note.||On iTunes|
|Systematic Love||Camellia||On iTunes|
|Hello Worker||KEI||On iTunes|
Stardust Utopia (as Hoshizuka Utopia)
|Meltdown (AKA Roshin Yuukai)||iroha(sasaki)||On iTunes|
|Tokyo Teddy Bear||Neru||On iTunes|
|The End of Solitude||Hikari Shuyo||On iTunes|
|Remote Control||Jesus-P||On iTunes|