Operation Decode

Operation Decode's banner

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[1] Haseo then launched the campaign's FaceBook page two days later, after the petition reached 250 signatures.[2]

On August 2, the campaign become part of Operation Rainfall's Campaign Hub.[3] Haseo launched the campaign's Twitter page on August 4, 2013[4] and its Tumblr page on August 15, 2013.[2] On September 16, the campaign's organizer asked European fans to reach to Bandai Namco's official communities.[5] The campaign was later acknowledged by Bandai Namco.[6] On June 30, 2014, Operation Decode's online petition became valid for the localization of all Digimon games.[2]

In response to the growing support received by Operation Decode, Namco Bandai released a trailer for Digimon All-Star Rumble on July 31.[7] 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![8] and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth[9] for localized releases.

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