It was a sad day when Valkyria Chronicle fans found out that Sega had no plans to localize the third game in the series. Many went into despair, but at the end of the day, we just had to move on. Luckily, there's a beacon of hope known as the fan translators, which have manage to aid those who wish to play certain titles that never went west.
Going by the name of the Valkyria Chronicles 3 Translation Project, this new liberation front plans to go above and beyond by diving into the game's coding to create a translation that feels like a professional localization -- now that's true dedication. To add more icing on the cake, they also plan to make a translation patch for Valkyria Chronicles 3: Extra Edition. The best part is that they have translated a good chunk of the main missions, along with testing the inserted text placed into the game so far. At the moment, their main obstacle is overcoming the character limit that's present in the game's menu.
If there was one catch, it's that you need to have a custom firmware installed on your PSP. However, there's a slight chance that it could also work with a soft mod that only requires a special firmware installation to your memory card, since a friend of mine was able to play an incomplete fan translation of Grand Knights History through that method. But most importantly, Valkyria Chronicles fans will eventually get a chance to play the third game in English, so let's wish the fan translators the best of luck in completing the project.
For more updates on their progress, you can check out the team's Website, and you can take a peak at some early sample videos of their work in the section after the jump.