Fans have built a truly impressive mod to Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It means you can finally play the game in Arabic!
Localising games is a time-consuming, complex and nuanced process. While some games are available in a couple of languages when they’re first released (most often English and Japanese), it’s not guaranteed. And if you don’t speak either of these languages you are often left hanging by game studios for years. If they get round to your language at all. In the case of Breath of the Wild, Nintendo have created official localised versions in English, French, Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian. It also has a Dutch version, but this is text only and uses the English voice-over.
After four long years, Arabic speakers are now able to play the beloved Breath of the Wild. And they have a dedicated group of fans, rather than Nintendo, to thank for it. The skilled modders have translated everything – from the dialogue to the menus. We’ve got Eternal Dream Arabization to thank for this awesome translation. According to reporting from TheGamer, it seems like the team have been working on the Arabic translation for Breath of the Wild for 18 months – which shows what a huge job it was!
Eternal Dream Arabization have worked on translations for a number of stellar games – from Untitled Goose Game to Hollow Knight. It looks like the EDA team are currently working on Arabic translations for Super Mario World and Resident Evil Village.
It’s great news for Arabic speakers! What do you think about adding localised versions of games? Let us know through our social media channels.
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