Operation Decode is the name of the fan campaign designed to show support for the Digimon franchise in the Americas and Europe, in particular the localization of Digimon video games for Western markets. The name is derived from Operation Rainfall, a similar effort focused on three Nintendo RPGs for the Nintendo Wii, and the first game to be sought, Digimon World Re:Digitize: Decode.
Shortly before the release of Digimon World Re:Digitize: Decode in Japan, fans started a campaign for the game's world-wide localization named Operation Decode in the molds of Operation Rainfall. The campaign started on Twitter using the hashtag "#OperationDecode", and in July 12, 2013, Francesco Haseo-san started an online petition on Change.org. Haseo then launched the campaign's FaceBook page two days later, after the petition reached 250 signatures.
On August 2, the campaign become part of Operation Rainfall's Campaign Hub. Haseo launched the campaign's Twitter page on August 4, 2013 and its Tumblr page on August 15, 2013. On September 16, the campaign's organizer asked European fans to reach to Bandai Namco's official communities. The campaign was later acknowledged by Bandai Namco. On June 30, 2014, Operation Decode's online petition became valid for the localization of all Digimon games.
In response to the growing support received by Operation Decode, Namco Bandai released a trailer for Digimon All-Star Rumble on July 31. The game was being developed with the western audience in mind with the Digimon using their English dubbed names and attacks and was released on November 11 in North America and November 14 in Europe and Australia. Operation Decode claimed successes with the announcement of both Digimon Heroes! and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth for localized releases.
- Operation Decode Petition on Change.org
- Operation Decode on Tumblr
- Operation Decode on Facebook
- @OperationDecode on Twitter
Notes and references
- ↑ oprainfall: "OPERATIONDECODE, Author at oprainfall"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Change.org: "Bandai Namco Games Europe & America: Localize Digimon games again (e.g. Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode for 3DS; Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth for PSVita)"
- ↑ oprainfall: "CAMPAIGN HUB – Operation Decode: A Campaign to Localize Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode for 3DS"
- ↑ Twitter: Operation Decode, August 4, 2013, 07:43 status
- ↑ oprainfall: CAMPAIGN HUB – Let's Show Namco Bandai Europe We Want Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode!
- ↑ oprainfall: "CAMPAIGN HUB: Bandai Namco Acknowledges Operation Decode and Digimon World Demand"
- ↑ BANDAI NAMCO Games America Tumblr: "Attention Digi-fans! There are few fan bases as..."
- ↑ Francesco Haseo-san. 2015-07-02. Change.org: "Digimon Heroes! announced for worldwide release in Fall 2015!".
- ↑ Francesco Haseo-san. 2015-07-03. Change.org: "Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth Coming in 2016 on PS4 and PSVita".