Since I saw that we now have a Type Moon thread, I thought I might as well do the thing a rabid Key fan like myself should do and create a thread all about the Key games. Don't know if this will really be useful, but it's here if you need it.
Some general information on Key:
Key is a visual novel studio under the publisher Visual Art's that is known for producing dramatic and plot-oriented visual novels. Some of the main staff members include Jun Maeda who had worked as the main scenario writer, and worked on the music for most of Key's releases, but now is going to be strictly focusing on the music; Itaru Hinoue, the main art director who supplied character art for Kanon, Air, Clannad, and Little Busters! (Hinoue was co-art director for Little Busters! with Na-Ga, another of Key's artists); the majority of the music produced for the games has been by Magome Togoshi (left Key in late 2006), and Shinji Orito.
Key's official website.
Before starting Key, the founding members worked at the company Tactics under the published Nexton. There, they produced three games: Dousei, Moon., and One: Kagayaku Kisetsu e. A translation patch for One was released a few days ago.
Key has produced six games to date: Kanon, Air, Clannad, Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume, Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life, and Little Busters!, in that order. A seventh, Rewrite, is currently in production. In the past there were translation projects for both Kanon and Air, but both were discontinued only to be restarted and are still ongoing. Planetarian was the first Key game to get a translation patch released for it. Clannad is done being translated and is in the process of editing.
Any general news on Key games, translation projects, or company updates can be posted here along with discussion on the games themselves, but discussion about the anime adaptations for One, Kanon, Air, and Clannad can go in their respective threads in the Anime forum.
Finished translation patches:
One: Kagayaku Kisetsu e
Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume
Ongoing translation projects:
Kanon - Translation finished; editing at 50% completion as of 3/21/08
Air; overall completion at 38.4%
Clannad - Translation finished; editing has begun
Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life - Translation ongoing
Little Busters! - Translation ongoing