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Arrival: Zero Earth » 0.23.0: Big Localization Update – 11 New Languages Added

Hello all!

As one last bigger update before leaving early access, localizations were added to the game.

The game now has localizations for 11 languages.

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Turkish
  • Japanese
  • Korean

I hope adding these localizations will boost the sales at least a little bit and that more players can enjoy the game.

Even before entering Early Access I was wondering if I should add localization BEFORE entering the early access, but I decided to postpone it to the end of Early Access, since I worried making updates would have been more difficult with the localizations in the game.

At some point I however did remove all the hard-coded English texts from the code so that eventually things would be easier to translate.

Even after receiving the translated texts, it was still a bit of work to make sure all the texts fit the UI and the fonts render correctly etc.

Leaving Early Access

As said earlier this was the one last big update before leaving the early access.

My plan is now to focus on marketing the game, so that I don’t have to rely on just hoping the Steam algorithm blessing the game and the stars being aligned correctly, when the transition happens.

I could have left the early access already before the Steam Winter sale (which would have been nice), but then there wouldn’t have been time to promote the game, so I decided to move it to 2024. I think it’s also nice to have translations out for a while before the exit out of early access.

The move out of early access will be mostly changing the version number to 1.0 and clicking the button on Steam to get out of early access, as the majority of the players still have a lot of content to unlock in the game. There might be small patches before that, if necessary.

Thanks everyone for the support. I appreciate everyone who’s been here during the Early Access!

– jounitus