Back in late April, PC gamers were treated to a new space cyberpunk RPG called Mars: War Logs, where companies battled each other for control over the red planet’s most precious resource: water (shit, we need that stuff to live!). Players had fun playing as Roy Temperance, who had many skills and perks and could craft weapons and equipment to fight baddies, all while making dialogue choices with characters that affected the game’s plot (just like Mass Effect, which also took place in space!). The only issue with Mars: War Logs was that the game’s story and dialogue was originally in French, and the translation offered to PC users did not stick close to the original story and its meaning. Gamers are a vocal bunch however, and their pining for a better narrative did not fall on deaf ears. Publisher Focus Home Interactive heard complaints and thought of a way to give back to the gaming community. Luc Heninger, Director of Production at Focus Home Interactive, explains the entire issue and subsequent solution:
“Mars contains a vast amount of dialog, even by RPG standards. The plot has numerous strands and the dialog often has many variants to mirror the hero’s changes in reputation. The tight deadlines between the game release dates meant that the initial English translation lacked depth and contained a number of errors; it was then sent to the recording studio, making the job of the actors extremely difficult.”
“The actual game was thoroughly tested and released with very few bugs on PC, but unfortunately the procedures for the audio and text QA failed and allowed many English localization issues to slip through. We realized the extent of the problem after seeing the first feedback from the press and gamers. The result was so far removed from what we usually produce that we took the decision to halt the submission process for the console version, which was due for release only weeks after the PC title. We have re-written the game text and dialog and, of course, recorded the actors again, replacing the sections that weren’t true to the characters in Mars. All these problems will therefore be fixed in the console version. An update is now available for players with the PC game, and we have also incorporated the new audio in the PC versions on the various download sites.”
What an absolutely wonderful thing to do for the fans! I have never seen a publisher go to such great lengths to please its fanbase, and I give them a friendly nod and firm handshake for their work. Mars: War Logs is available right now through Steam at 33% off, and will hit the PSN and XBLA in September. The official site is right here, and players can view the first seven minutes of the new translation below to hear the difference for themselves!
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