I've just started reading fan translations of Fate/Zero and Fate/Apocrypha light novels, but it made me wonder, why have they not been officially translated to English?

I don't know a great deal about the Fate franchise, but it seems to be increasingly popular with games and anime series and loads more content in development. There also seems to be a great deal of LNs getting published in English lately that don't have as much of a following.

Is it because they're considered old (Zero is 2006, Apocrypha is 2012) or because there's an anime adaption for both so what's the point? Was it just overlooked?

In response to the linked question:

The market for LN is really small outside Japan for a number of reasons so companies aren't interested in publishing them unless they are for very famous franchises

That's what I'm saying, is Fate not an incredibly famous and marketable franchise both in and out of Japan? A number of Fate games have English localization, most of the anime series are on Netflix USA/UK with English dubs etc, this one just seems a bit of an anomaly.

Not to mention that question is almost 6 years old, the market has grown since then with entire bookshelves of English LNs in Western stores now. Seems to me, despite profitability, Fate got skipped.

Especially considering LNs like Globlin Slayer and Rise of the Shield Hero have English translations way before they even had an anime* to market them in the West.

*December 2016 and September 2015 respectively, their anime aired Fall 2018 and Winter 2019.

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    Possible duplicate of Why do so few light novels make it over via timely translation?
    – Memor-X
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 1:12
  • @Memor-X that question only partially answers mine, I've edited my question
    – Alice
    Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 12:49
  • Complete, older series tend to do worse in sales, full anime adaptations can also hurt source material sales since most people will just go for the anime, that's why there's so many anime adaptations with cliff-hanger endings, to get you to buy the source material. And it having a complete fan-translation also hurts its chances. I believe that Fate has enough hardcore fans that would buy the novels just for collection even if they have already read the fan translation, but alas, companies probably think otherwise.
    – paulnamida
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 18:04


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