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English language left off major inFamous Euro builds

Tuesday, 19th May 2009 09:58 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Sucker Punch has apparently confirmed on its forum that the French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch versions of inFamous will feature no English language option.

The English version will only have Portuguese and Russian language settings.

This is unlikely to go down well, as you can see from the responses to the mod post, especially with the Dutch. English is spoken very widely in the Netherlands, a factor the drives a highly buoyant games market in the nation.

The decision to split out languages in this way was made after a Sony request, according to that note.

Asking SCEE for comment on this now. The game’s out at the end of May.

Thanks, TheDutchSlayer.

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  1. Syrok

    Boo!

    Although, if I’m going to buy, I buy it from the UK, because it’ll be cheap as chips there compared to anywhere else in Europe. : )

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Whizzo

    Sony obviously want to help UK online retailers in this time of recession.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. slayernl

    No problem and thanks for posting my news ;).
    It still remains a weird cause WHY would Sony do this…..

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Syrok

    Heh, poor Belgians will have to play the game in Dutch. ^.^

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Herlock

    I dont understand this…!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Robo_1

    Utterly retarded decision.

    I get most of my games from the UK anyway, but the one time I did buy a game with no English language option (Burnout: Revenge) I returned it straight away. I’m a Brit living in Belgium, but the store owner said I wasn’t the first person to return the game because of that, people over here not only expect an English language version of their games and DVD’s, most prefer it over the – usually – rough localisation jobs.

    They’re going to generate a lot of ill will with this move, and I’d love to know the impetus behind it. Maybe it’s a demand from UK retailers who are sick of being undercut by online sellers who import cheaper EU versions. There’s an answer to that though – stop ripping off the UK.

    God I hope the special edition from Shopto features the UK language.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Superfrog

    Whizzo: But what about the Portuguese and Russian UK import buyers? ;)

    Seriously: I don’t think that this will have any noticeable effect since EU people who import from the UK usually prefer to play games in English anyway (at least that’s the case for me and the people I know).

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Captain Fruitloop

    @Syrok. They’ve also got the choice of the French version, French being the main language of 31% of the Belgian population.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Herlock

    We want original version dammit, double is shit!

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Syrok

    @CF: I know, but for the sake of the joke I ignored that. ;)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. notpill

    @Whizzo : “Sony obviously want to help UK online retailers in this time of recession.”

    mmm…I’m not sure about that. A lot of people here (in italy) are buying games from UK onlin stores just for the lower price and because their multilanguage policy.
    So no infamous via game.co.uk or play.com or Amazon.co.uk right now for us

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Herlock

    @notpill : “So no infamous via game.co.uk or play.com or Amazon.co.uk right now for us”

    The original version is there why not buy it now ?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Tiger Walts

    What about the Asian release, Will it be open region? The US one reportedly is.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Freek

    Wow, that’s not going to help.
    Dutch dubbed versions are LEGENDARILY bad, completely and utterly unplayably bad.
    Thankfully, we have Play.com with free shipping :D

    #14 5 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    @Tiger Walts
    All PS3 games are region free. This is just about what languages you get with them.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. notpill

    @herlock “The original version is there why not buy it now ?”

    because there’s no ITALIAN language into the UK version (well.. I’ll buy in UK anyway but I know that most of my friends will not)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. JonFE

    Wasn’t one of the benefits of the BR format that the extra space would allow for single SKU’s? You’re shooting yourself in the foot here Sony…

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Freek

    Question remains, why are Sony being so stupid? Wasn’t one of the selling points of Blu-ray that you could easily dump all the languages on one disc??

    edit: a little too slow to comment…

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Still nothing back from SCEE on this.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Johnny Cullen

    Yeah, I got the story up on running here and asked Hugo over @ SCEE for comment, still nout yet.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Retroid

    /Joeys SCEE

    So much for all those advantages of BR allowing them to have all the languages; that only applies if some idiot doesn’t leave them out on purpose, doesn’t it?

    I really don’t understand why they’d do this, and I *love* to hear the actual reasoning behind this decision, although I doubt we will.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Shatner

    Has anyone associated with the title claimed it’s a BR capacity issue?

    Might be a distribution and sales logistics decision. Not particularly juicy argument fodder but it happens.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. JonFE

    No one says it’s a BR capacity issue, Shatner, just that one of the benefits of BR was that one SKU would contain all languages -further strengthening Sony’s region free promise- and that benefit in inFamous’ case is nullified for no apparent reason (apart from a distribution restriction point of view).

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Tiger Walts

    I had forgotten that all PS3 titles are region free. Any Asian release would probably have English on it, and be cheaper.

    I’d like to hear what BS Sony use to justify it, they don’t have the old ‘storage limitation’ excuse now do they?

    The only reason is to stop grey importing. But oddly the division of countries seems to suggest a prevention of UK stock going to the continent whereas it looks as though the Euro demand for an English build promotes the opposite. Depending on the timing of an Asian release, those grey imports may come from outside the EU.

    Well done SCEE, only you could intentionally not use a main selling point of Blu-Ray but have that action back-fire.

    (And I’ve taken so long to type this others have said pretty much the same)

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Retroid

    Shatner said:
    “Has anyone associated with the title claimed it’s a BR capacity issue?”

    I’m only saying they can’t say it’s a capacity issue (unless they’re storing audio as uncompressed WAVs, in triplicate). If it’s true there must be some regional sales issue involved and I’d love to know what.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Random_H

    Well then, no German version for me. Even though we have a long and very professional history of dubbing everones’ and their dogs’ movies, games localisations still pretty much induce major headaches over here.

    Alex

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Scyrenn

    It’s a good thing I barely know what this game is about, otherwise I might have been quite pissed off at this news…

    I remember buying a dutch version of Dungeon Keeper by accident back in the day… It wasn’t very good…

    Anyway, I hope everyone involved in this decision dies a terribly horrible, gruesome death… :)

    #27 5 years ago
  28. El_MUERkO

    a fair few online retailers get stock from european wholesalers to compete with the big boys, i’ll bet it’ll end with less sales for the game

    #28 5 years ago
  29. TimoTheThug

    Yeah that really bothers me aswell. I’m dutch and I hate the dutch language in Uncharted, Resistance 2… The only times I liked it, not prefered it was with Rachet & Clank and with Heavenly Sword.

    So please let us pick the English version as we like!

    #29 5 years ago
  30. simakperrce

    Utter fail. Every forced localized (German) version of a game I have bought so far has been close to unplayable due to the cringe-worthy dialogues and voice acting.

    // Orders UK version.

    #30 5 years ago