There are a lot of things that get taken for granted in making video games. From the hard work that people put into making the game, and promoting the game, to the hard decisions that are made in the process, it can be very troublesome to hear people talk down about it. But one thing that often gets forgotten is the localization process, or the translation of the game from its base language to other languages around the world. That can take a long time. Fortunately for Kerbal Space Program, they took the time, and now they can show off the reward.
That’s right, the funny and insane spacecraft building and simulator game the Kerbal Space Program is now available for four new languages. This includes Russian, Japanese, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. The team did this so not only could more people play the game, but enjoy it in their native tongue.
Now, if you think this was easy, it’s not. Remember, every language has its own nuance and style of talking, and they had to translate it from English into those four languages. And jokes that may read one way in one language doesn’t necessarily translate directly to the other. The team noted on their Steam Page that they had to translate 95,000 words, as well as over 450 images into those languages. Oh, and they also had to program the game itself to ensure it could handle the translation and bring up the right words at the right time.
And there was even more work than we mentioned above, so we hope that you have a deeper understanding and appreciation for what the Kerbal Space Program crew did to make this happen. Oh, and did we mention this localization was done by volunteers? How’s that for dedication?
This localization addition is part of the 1.3 update, and includes some new features as well.