Concurrent with the localized game, Superbrothers released a remix album of Jim Guthrie's Sworcery soundtrack called "The Scythian Steppes," featuring remixes of the music by prominent Japanese composers like Akira Yamaoka, Michiru Yamane, and Baiyon.
"The record is crazy, all of the contributors are total all-stars," Adams told us in an email. "For fans of game audio and Japanese videogame music it's a pretty kickass collection of songs. For fans of Jim's sworcery songs it's an essential record." Adams said that proceeds from the album will go to 8-4 to help cover the localization costs for this "passion project."
Whether that high quality translates into sales is uncertain, but Adams hopes it will have some kind of impact. "In a video game industry dominated by traditional studio structures here in Japan there isn't as much of a context for a DIY collaborative project like S&S, so we're hopeful that our story will maybe help shake things up or give people ideas and this was another reason we all got behind this initiative." Adams and 8-4 don't have solid data about the Japanese app market, but "part of the goal of [Sworcery] is to get that data."
One of the most charming elements of Sworcery is the idiosyncratic, funny writing throughout. This is also the element most in danger of being literally lost in translation. "The folks [at 8-4] know the project super well, and they really do go the extra mile to get things right," Adams said. "Of course, some of the specific references were brought over directly (eg: Zelda, Twin Peaks) but some of the references (eg: Mad Magazine's Al Jaffe fold-in) had to be adapted."
Adams, and everyone else, can watch the game take over Japan in real time, thanks to Sworcery's famous Twitter integration, which allows players to tweet from within the game about what's happening.