Depending on how you count it, and break down the regional differences, Arabic is the fifth most-spoken language on Earth. And yet until very recently, Arabic speakers had no way of playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild—a game released in 2017—in their native tongue.
While the game has obviously been available in English and Japanese from the start, it has also been playable in everything from German to Italian to Russian. Nintendo even differentiated some of the translation work, too; there are separate localisation tracks for Spanish and Latin American Spanish, and even for French and Canadian French.
Middle Eastern gamers, however, have been shit out of luck. It’s not like there’s a lack of support, either; the Switch has been officially available in the region for years now, and Nintendo has even gone on record crediting sale spikes to their success in countries like Saudi Arabia.
That never translated (I’m sorry) into an official localisation of one of the console’s most important games, though, so a huge team of modders have taken it upon themselves to do it. The end result is this complete localisation of every single piece of text in the game, from dialogue to menus to prompts.
If you want to check the mod out yourself, here’s the project’s page. And if you want to see more of the team’s work, their YouTube page has links to trailers for other games that they’ve localised, from Obra Dinn to Luigi’s Mansion.
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IO Interactive released the first major patch for Hitman 3 today, bringing with it a raft of changes to the assassination game, including some much-needed updates to the environment. The patch also corrected some Arabic text in the game’s opening level, which was written incorrectly.
Alaa “DvLZStaTioN” Ebrahim has been missing his sniper shots. The popular Fortnite YouTuber, who has three million subscribers, says it’s not his fault. Nor are the times when his opponents’ shots hit him even as he moves away from the rain of bullets. Ebrahim, who lives in Bahrain, a small island country in the Middle East, thinks an unfair hand has been dealt to him and the millions of other Fortnite fans in the region.
What a time to be alive.
I learned English mainly because I wanted to understand what the characters were saying in Diablo. Back then (mid 90's) everything that had anything to do with computers was in English, and now people can just enjoy most games without having to go through the trouble of learning a foreign language first.
It’s been slow, but progress is progress.