Mars War Logs Updated With Re-Written English Script And it's on sale too! 06.18.13 - 12:17 PM
When Spiders Studio & Focus Home Interactive released Mars War Logs in April, one of the most common criticisms – one echoed by our own Kyle Miller – was the questionable dialogue and voice acting. Besides issues of quality, it seemed the English translation strayed further from the original French than intended. It seems the developers were aware of this, and as of today they've updated the game with re-written text and dialog, and brought back the voice actors to re-record their lines.
Luc Heninger, Director of Production at Focus Home Interactive, comments on what happened:
"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."
Focus also released a new trailer, showcasing the first 7 minutes of the game with its new script:
Mars War Logs is available now on PC, and is 33% off today as a Daily Deal on Steam. The Xbox Live and PlayStation Network versions are due this September.