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True Widescreen Textboxes

A Work In Progress for Persona 4 Golden (PC)

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In Development - 90% finished

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Version 1.2.3 Beta 25d
  • BugFix Fixed spacing for letters in Naoto's S.Link
  • BugFix Fixed spacing for Ayane's ticket
  • BugFix Forgot to add msg_ps_skill.bmd back to skladd[ex].arc
  • BugFix Removed newlines that shouldn't exist on gameover screen
  • BugFix Fixed spacings related to fusion forecast
Examples of boxes before they were fixed:


Needed more space for longer name personas
Forgot to add the changed bmd for these messages
Weird spacing when they tried to replicate letters.

Fixed date
Version 1.2.2 Beta 29d Tweak2 Version 1.2.1 Beta 29d Tweak Version 1.2 Beta 30d BugFix2 Addition Refactor Version 1.1.2 Beta 1mo Addition Refactor
Every line of dialogue should be accounted for thanks to my automation.  This project is still a WiP because I want to play through the game to check if I missed any cases that didn't agree with my automation.  The progress will stay at 90% until I completely play through the game and don't notice any glaring issues.  For the most part everything is extended correctly but there may be some issues here and there.  You can download it and test it as well to help me out.  You can also test it out with my cheat sheet mods and renaming Teddie to Kuma mod if you want as I provided compatibility patches on their pages.  If you spot any problems please be sure to let me know in the comments or on the Discord.

*** Information below is irrelevant now, just keeping it for archival purposes. ***

I came up with this idea while editing lots of scripts from my past mods.  ATLUS probably decided to reuse the newline character locations for the PSVita with their smaller screens (just my assumption).  This led to dialogue only using half of its container.

Fixing this issue is actually pretty easy.  Every single English script in the game is located in data00004.pac.  You can extract these contents using a tool such as this one.  The scripts are found in the event, event_data, and field folders as either bf or pm1 files.  You can use a tool such as PersonaEditor to edit all of these scripts in the game.  Just drag and drop the scripts into the interface and click the drop down arrow next to the file.  Right click on the msg file within pm1 files or the bmd file within bf files and select View/Edit.  First make sure you check off Enable Edit on top then find the lines to fix.

The lines to fix have "{0A}" or newline characters in the middle of them.  My idea of fixing them is to move these intermittent newline characters to be after about 50 characters per line including spaces.  I counted and it fits about 54ish characters but I wanted space on the right side to match the space on the left side and not overlap the confirm UI on the bottom right.  Here's an example:

Here's a line that need fixing:

Here's what the line looks line ingame:


To fix the line I deleted the {0A} in the middle and created new ones after 50 characters.  The 50th character would've been on the 'l' in little so I placed it right before little.

Here's what the dialogue box looks like now:


After fixing the lines of the script, save it and place it in the appropriate folders within your mods folder for it to show up in game.

The problem is that you'd have to edit almost every single script in the game which I don't think is a sane task for one person.  I made this WiP because I was wondering if anyone would want to tackle this huge task with me so that the task would be much more bearable.  Feel free to join my Discord server if you want more info or if you'd like to help work on this.  You can find it here.

Files

  • true_ws_textboxes_72dff.zip 25d insert_drive_file Version 1.2.3 Beta

Todos

Play through the game to fix any problems I notice. (Staying at 90% until then)
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    radsuploads Joined 6y ago
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    this just looks wrong, as for some reason it's as if the devs made a specific rule to never go to that area of the box, even in the PS2 version there's a gap of unoccupied space.
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    Great mod! Will definitely use when its done. 
    Just a question though, is there a way to edit the name of the character? Like the name on top of the message?
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    I don't mind helping at all! While I haven't messed with that too much, if I have an easy way to preview the result then I could totally help. The fix definitely looks way better too so I think this is a worthwhile project
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    Line breaking stuff is really easy and I'm usually prodding around looking for new params I might be able to use for Yosuke so I don't mind helping out.
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