Dino Crisis Japanese Official Guide Facts

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Here are interesting things found in the Japanese Official Guide books of DC1 & 2, in the Q&A sections:

Dino Crisis 1

1.) Question 12 (page 187) asks where the name for "Ibis" island came from. The answer provided is that it's a pun. The Japanese word for the Ibis birds is "Toki", which is one reading of the Kanji "時". That Kanji means "time", but the specific reading ("toki") will turn it into the Japanese word for "When".

They went with this pun so they could mention an animal - the Ibis. That way, its name is just as innocent as "Raccoon City".

2.) Page 188 also confirms in the Q&A section that Ibis Island is populated entirely by the military and researchers, with the complex being the only building on the island. The reason for this is to protect the Borginian military from intelligence leaks.

3.) On Page 139 it is asked if Kirk knew in his journal and in dialogue that the dinosaurs were a possible side-effect of Third Energy runaways, and that if this was the military application. The answer confirms he was not aware this would happen, but was satisfied he learned something new about Third Energy.

4.) According a listed chart, Third Energy takes in the Earth's atmospheric gases (specifically O2, CO2 and N). The generator starts up a reaction, which leads to Ionization and the release of energy in a chain-reaction. The Stabilizer is a safeguard which prevents too much energy being released at once. The by-product of Third Energy is the reintroduction of Peroxide compounds into the atmosphere - specifically Ozone.
- Read more about the Third Energy


5.) Question 20 asks what the difference is between the Domestic and Oversees versions of the game. The answer provided is that the 'Continue' system is planned to be abolished; creatures are to be made harder to kill and the DDK puzzles are to be changed.


Dino Crisis 2

1.) "Regina" is only a codename for the red-haired character, who's real name is never given.

2.) WAPP is not a military special forces unit and, unlike TRAT, it is international. WAPP was founded to prevent the temporal disaster, rather than being repurposed.

3.) Someone asked if there were any other survivors after the initial attack. It's confirmed there were no further TRAT survivors, and the people firing guns in Edward City are the inhabitants.

4.) Paula survived long enough to meet Dylan because she remained in the habitat support facility for the majority of her post-comatose life. That's how she hadn't yet been killed by the dinosaurs.

5.) There were six people responsible for the Dino Crisis 2 scenario script: three Flagship writers, two Capcom writers and the Executive Producer.

6.) When Edward City was replaced with jungle, dinosaurs were transported with it to 2010. That's how it was determined the people had been sent to the Cretaceous Period. By replicating the experiment which caused the runaway, the rescue team was able to be transported to the same time period.

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I will post more when more are translated.
You can find more info/sources in the DC Wiki listings:

DINO CRISIS OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK page
DINO CRISIS 2 OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK page
 
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Wow, this is really interesting. I need to check out those links as well. Thanks for sharing!
3.) On Page 139 it is asked if Kirk knew in his journal and in dialogue that the dinosaurs were a possible side-effect of Third Energy runaways, and that if this was the military application. The answer confirms he was not aware this would happen, but was satisfied he learned something new about Third Energy.
This is one thing I've always wondered... are bringing dinosaurs to the present supposed to be how Third Energy is used as a weapon? Or was it just a consequence and the actual weapon is something different we haven't seen?

I mean... I'm sure dinosaurs can be used as weapons... but you just can't control those darn compys.
 

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This is one thing I've always wondered... are bringing dinosaurs to the present supposed to be how Third Energy is used as a weapon? Or was it just a consequence and the actual weapon is something different we haven't seen?
No, the weaponized version of the system is the control of the "overload" phenomenon; which vaporizes everything within its radial capacity.

Old Document - DC1 said:
If the Third Energy reaction exceeds the critical point, it evokes the "overload" phenomenon.

When this happens, we can't control it. The huge amount of energy creates chain reactions and begins to disintegrate the surrounding air. The ensuing explosion will vaporize anything in the near vicinity. If we could control the area where the "overload" occurs, the Third Energy will literally become the "Ultimate Weapon."
This is what happened to Kirk's old facility, the accident he used to faked his death. Which I think was how it was discovered/proved.

Notices to the Staff memo - DC1 said:
Three years ago, the Third Energy destroyed the facility and killed as many as 150 personnel, just from a single overflowing accident. So, to prevent a similar disaster from happening, we will take every possible precaution to reinforce our security.

What they didn't know, is that the Third Energy has much more outstanding potential. The Generator that was built on Ibis Island was much better - due to more funding and research - capable of producing and stabilizing much more tremendous energy levels than before. Unexpectedly at those higher energy levels, the system affects space and time. So much to their surprise, the result of the experiment had exchanged space from a different time. That being the transferring of dinosaurs (the same that were on the island million of years ago) to the present.
 

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It's interesting that they put so much thought into the background of the game - thanks for explaining as I didn't fully understand until now!
 

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You're welcome, glad I could clear things up! I'm working on the Dino Crisis Wikia at the moment, if you'd like to know more, I recently wrote an article about the Third Energy and the events of the game. If you read it, I think you'll have a much better understanding of the series.

http://dinocrisis.wikia.com/wiki/Third_Energy
 

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More Q&A for DC2:

1.) Regina was supposed to have a lover named Alex - who was head of S.O.R.T. He was to appear at the end of the game. After she goes through the timegate, she was to leap into his arms and kiss. The development team nicknamed him the "Kiss Demon" (キス魔 kisu ma). It's unsure why he was taken out.

2.) Paula was at one point intended to be Dr. Kirk's daughter in early development, but changed later.

3.) Dino Crisis and Dino Crisis 2 focused their horror in two different ways. Whereas the first game focused on tight spaces where the player is unable to escape a running enemy, the second has open spaces where the player is perpetually ambushed.

4.) Rick and Gail didn't participate in the Edward City mission because they were busy on other missions.

5.) TRAT is described as being an assemblage of the best elements of the military. They have covert roles such as sabotage and being sent to rescue hostage dignitaries. Their main role is irregular warfare, with Scouting being an honored role. Their rivalry with S.O.R.T. began early in the 21st century when the TRAT leader resigned in 2001 in complaint that it was too heavily tied to the military command structure. He then established S.O.R.T. to fulfill his desired role by making it function under the direct control of the government.

6.) Paula survived long enough to meet Dylan because she remained in the habitat support facility for the majority of her post-comatose life. That's how she hadn't yet been killed by the dinosaurs.
 

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1.) Regina was supposed to have a lover named Alex - who was head of S.O.R.T. He was to appear at the end of the game. After she goes through the timegate, she was to leap into his arms and kiss.
That would have been so weird. We've got this capable female protagonist who subverts a lot of the usual cliches and tropes, and then right at the end they have her do this pseudo-submissive thing with her boss who we've never heard of or seen. Hmm.

Seems like a case for the HR department. The boss is hitting on one of his low-level employees whose career and livelihood depend on his good graces? Nothing unusual there, move along. Even if it'd been Gail I think it'd come across as a bit shady.

2.) Paula was at one point intended to be Dr. Kirk's daughter in early development, but changed later.
Might have been done well. Problem is, how does that near-sociopathic guy we saw in DC1 with obvious socialisation issues end up with a daughter? Seemed like a misanthrope to me, probably has a childfree sticker on his car. I always thought the issue with Paula is that she didn't really seem to do anything. Was just kind of there as an emotional token for Dylan. Maybe that's why.

4.) Rick and Gail didn't participate in the Edward City mission because they were busy on other missions.
Code for "We didn't know what to do with these characters" or "The voice actors were busy".

You mentioned DC2 had six writers a while ago, right? That might be why the game doesn't seem to have a cohesive central idea. The first game was a more polished and complete story, and you can point to things like the Third Energy being well-developed for thematic reasons as well as plot reasons. Sounds like it had more than a few rewrites along the way.

Thanks for the translations. Always entertaining to see the behind the scenes material, even if it has been stashed away in Japan for over a decade.
 
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That would have been so weird. We've got this capable female protagonist who subverts a lot of the usual cliches and tropes, and then right at the end they have her do this pseudo-submissive thing with her boss who we've never heard of or seen. Hmm.
Agreed, I'm very glad that was not realized in the final product. Having a sappy scene like that is completely backwards to Regina's independent personality, which I've always admired. To consistently showcase her strong character only to spin it around last second would have been really disappointing.
 
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