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Russian localization and regional prices.

Just in case, I would like to remind to all that the Russian language is one of the 5 most spoken languages ​​on the planet. Many developers have already made the mistake of ignoring this fact. True, many do not even know this. But it is enough to look at Warcraft and TECO, and compare them with other games without the Russian language.

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  • I really would advise you to have a read of the wiki:

    "Ashes of Creation will be initially available in English, French, German, and Russian.[2][3]

    Italian, Polish and Spanish localization will then be added.[3]
    Spanish will be added in the near future.[4]
    Other languages are being considered.[2]
    "
    https://ashesofcreation.wiki/Languages
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  • I don't have any special knowledge on the subject other than counting to five and using a google search.
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/266808/the-most-spoken-languages-worldwide/
    I'm not saying that Russian isn't one of the fifth most spoken languages, but I am reasonably sure it isn't in the top four and there may be contention between several languages claiming that they are in fifth place.

    I am happy to see that Russian will be supported in the initial release so that we don't have to investigate further.

    Cue complaints from a billion Chinese and Hindi speakers...
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  • edited November 23
    Go raibh maith agaibh - thank thou (plural) :)
  • VoidwalkersVoidwalkers Member
    edited November 24
    McMackMuck wrote: »

    Cue complaints from a billion Chinese and Hindi speakers...

    Chinese support is probably something they shouldn't worry about until much, much, much later.

    The language is rarely ever the problem. It's usually the politics, regulation, culture, and a gigantomajestic nuclear mindfield so huge, dense & deadly that you have to navigate with extreme caution.

    The subtlest mention (or lack thereof) of anything remotely related to China or its ppl / culture in anyway they dislike could instantly land you an infamous deadly conviction known as "Insult on China". And any hope of succeeding in the (mainland) Chinese market vanishes with it.
  • KarthosKarthos Member, Braver of Worlds, Alpha One
    I'm glad to know "not reading about this game and then making declarative statements about what it should do, while not realizing it already does this" is not just an NA/EU thing.
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  • VhaeyneVhaeyne Member, Alpha One, Adventurer
    Not that I have a dog in this fight, but if they are prioritizing Russian over Spanish like this quote implies:
    There's localization that will be present in the German and French Russian languages to start; and then we intend to also localize in Italian, Polish and Spanish. So servers will be allocated within the region as being one of those language type servers. So it's not going to be per country per se as it might be per language

    I am pretty sure you have no worries. I would have picked Spanish over Russian. Not out of bias, but just trying to cast a larger net.
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  • unknownsystemerrorunknownsystemerror Member, Phoenix Initiative, Royalty, Alpha One
    McMackMuck wrote: »

    Cue complaints from a billion Chinese and Hindi speakers...

    Chinese support is probably something they shouldn't worry about until much, much, much later.

    The language is rarely ever the problem. It's usually the politics, regulation, culture, and a gigantomajestic nuclear mindfield so huge, dense & deadly that you have to navigate with extreme caution.

    The subtlest mention (or lack thereof) of anything remotely related to China or its ppl / culture in anyway they dislike could instantly land you an infamous deadly conviction known as "Insult on China". And any hope of succeeding in the (mainland) Chinese market vanishes with it.

    Steven has addressed their plans for the Chinese market in the past. They will allow them to VPN into the game if they so choose, thus eliminating the whole "appease Pooh or your game gets blacklisted!" argument.

    My feeling on the Russian thing was that it was a requirement of them publishing in EU and Russia with the My.Games deal. Now that is dead and long buried they are still stuck with that customer base. I wouldn't be surprised that after they run into the mafia mentality that plagues publishing in that region that the Russian and connected region players get shuffled into the EU publishing.
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  • @unknownsystemerror
    Chairman Pooh. Titles are important. Oh, and don't think 'Pooh' is actually the correct name either. :p
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  • McMackMuck wrote: »
    @unknownsystemerror
    Chairman Pooh. Titles are important. Oh, and don't think 'Pooh' is actually the correct name either. :p

    I dunno. I've found that unknownsystemerror is generally right about things on this forum. You might want to just take their word for it. :p:D
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