Final Fantasy XIV won’t be localizing into Spanish or Portuguese

    
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Spanish and Portuguese versions of the Final Fantasy XIV trial website had some players hoping that the game would be getting a full-blown localization treatment that would benefit Central and South American players.

Unfortunately for those hopes, Square Enix said that the effort is being limited to the website and not extended to the game itself:

We decided to localize the free trial website into Spanish and Portuguese in an effort to lower the barrier to entry for users in Latin America who may be interested in trying out the Final Fantasy XIV free trial. Localizing the website offers those users an easier way to learn about the story, world, game features, and gives them a clearer understanding on getting started in the game. We do not currently have any plans to localize the game into Spanish or Portuguese at this time.

Source: Gamer Escape
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AlexSmithWI
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AlexSmithWI

A lot of people keep throwing out huge numbers like those automatically translate to the consumer base.  If anything has been shown over the years it’s that many latin american gamers know enough english to get by in games if they want.  Not to mention the fact whatever million speaking a language doesn’t mean, they all have computers, quality internet, and excess time and and money to dedicate to a game.  Is there a market yes.  But, it’s not nearly as large as you all think.  Also remember this is P2P which is another barrier to get by.

AlexSmithWI
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AlexSmithWI

Walpurgisnacht I was surprised it wasn’t in Spanish already.  I imagine it has more to do with the voice acting than the written text though.

Amphax
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Amphax

We totally understand how you feel.
Signed, Players who have been waiting for Sega to localize PSO2 since 2013

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

BritoBruno jajajajajaja :p

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

Samhain92 Actually, there is nothing worse than people who make racist comments then try to backpedal by saying “oh they’re great people” or “I have lots of Brazilian friends!”. Next time when you want to backpedal, just use the backspace button on your keyboard.

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

Square Enix needs to quit being lazy. There is a large and growing video game market in Latin America, and it would be great to see some new players in the community. Final Fantasy XIV has always felt like an international game to me so this is very disappointing, even as someone who doesn’t speak those languages.

n4tive
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n4tive

It is the 2nd more spoken language in the U.S. Over 35 million people speak Spanish in the U.S. So there IS a big market.

n4tive
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n4tive

Most European countries speak more than one language, a good portion of “Latin” American countries speak more than one language (be it english or their native tongue, in addition to spanish) some Asian countries speak more than one language (including regional dialects) so why is it that the “American” crowd or the “American” market simply refuses or rather not include spanish localizations? 

I mean… more than 70% of the American CONTINENT speaks spanish. Sure they have the time to localize to French or German (like most games) but not spanish?

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Baemir Damonvile Samhain92 I find it’s best to just not go down the stereotype road unless you’re just trying to be a dick to someone about a comment they made :)

Baemir
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Baemir

Damonvile Samhain92 In my experience grown americans are OK most of the time, but their children are probably the most insufferable out of all the nationalities I’ve played games with.