Reply To: Will you tell us.. about the release numbers!?s

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RapRap
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What languages will you add at first?

At this point it’s not yet been decided if we can support any other languages at all.

Rap, what do you this about unofficial translation?

It’s not a secret, there are a lot of fans, who can pay for professional translator. Will you add this translation to your Game if it is suitable?
At least, it’ll increase sales (I know some people, who are waiting for playing on their natural language). And may be fans from others countrys will do the same.

I’m not sure I understand your question right – are you asking about whether we’ll support fan translations in any case?

It’s not that simple. You’re probably aware of how we chose the game’s particular art style due to our limitations of having only a single artist on the team. It’s the same with programming. Battle Brothers is a very ambitious project for a team so small, and with only a single programmer we had to cut a lot of corners in order to ever get it to the finished and stable state you’re now able to play. Lots of things had to be sacrificed along the way, including any support for localization. There’s close to 300,000 words now in the game, and in many places, like character backgrounds, we combine various pieces of text to produce new ones. This works fine with English grammar, but it falls apart quickly as we move to other languages. Supporting other languages would therefore mean not only translating texts, but changing how texts are used throughout the game, which would be a big undertaking. All this would come with a cost both in terms of time and money that we’ll have to weigh carefully against any potential gains, and against how we could otherwise spend those resources (e.g. create new content instead). As much as we understand that people want to play the game in their native language, at the end of the day we’ll have to make financially sound decisions if we want to keep developing Battle Brothers, and at some point a new game. We’ll have a decision in the coming weeks.

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