The Witcher 3 Getting Slammed Over Korean Language Screw Up; CD Projekt RED Issues Statement

The Witcher 3 supports numerous languages at launch, and that includes Korean, at least it was supposed to.

Korean gamers who bought The Witcher 3 today, with the expectation that it would be in their language. Although even if for the console versions that was the case for the PC version, it’s not. Given that in Korea PC dominates that is a big issue.

CD Projekt RED subsequently apologized to its Korean players, offering them free copies of the first two Witcher games.

CD Projekt RED released a statement regarding the issue:

First and foremost, we want to deeply apologize to every Korean gamer who could not enjoy Wild Hunt in their native tongue on launch day. Before I explain the situation, please rest assured — Korean will be added to the game via an update in less than two days, on May 21st.

To get right to the point, the delay in introducing Korean language support was caused by technical difficulties we could not foresee. When we discovered them, we had a decision to make: we could either release a game that would not live up to our (and your) standards, or do additional tests and release a product that would satisfy the Korean Witcher community. Since we’ve put in a lot of effort for this localization to be of top quality, we decided to choose the second option.

However, and I wish to emphasize this, the delay is our fault."

Below, are some of the Steam reviews from Korean gamers:

“Why can’t I change to Korean?”

“It says Korean is supported but there is Korean upon running the game.”

“Why is there no Korean?”

“I’ve waited all night long, and there is no Korean. Shitty ass game.”

“The developers are back stabbing bastards. They’ve mentioned Korea as a special region in their interviews and omit it on the release lol. And now they say they are sorry and it was omitted. They are not solving the issue today but tomorrow lol. You bastards, does Korea look funny to you?”

“Hey hey, why is there no Korean?”

“I bought it because it was being localized into Korean, but there is no Korean. Got fucking backstabbed. I just wasted my money. Why did I buy this? I bought it because there was supposed to be Korean. What are you going to do when there is no Korean and graphics are downgraded too. They have no basics. Fuck..fuck...”

“Why is there no Korean? I’ve been scammed. It said Korean is supported but it’s not there.”

“Why did you fuck us up by group together Korean and Japanese language pack so we can’t even play when it is released? Do you know? It’s like saying the game is out in Poland on 19th but you can play it few days later since it is grouped with German language pack”

“There is no Korean. I’ve pre-ordered it because of Korea but got backstabbed. I am looking for a way to get a refund. How do I do that?”

“I’ve waited all night long and there is no Korean. Are you kidding me? It says Korean is supported on the interface and subtitles which is why I bought it. I thought my eyes were fucked up so I looked everywhere on the language setting and can’t see it. Bait and switch.”

“It was official Korean localization but there is no Korean on the language setting. Backstabbed.”

“I’ve been scammed.”

“Why isn’t this localized? You said it was localized. Why is there no option to change the language to Korean? If you were going to be like this, why did you even bother giving us the thank you message?”

“What’s the reason for not supporting Korean when you said it does?”

“There is no Korean on the language setting. I feel like I’ve been backstabbed.”

“Scammers not supporting Korean. Is there a way to sue them? I am furious.”

We have recently provided some beautiful 4K screenshots of the PC version of the game as well as some 4K gameplay footage that showcases the beautiful graphics that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can provide at Ultra High-Definition at it Ultra Settings.

While many have argued that the game has lost some of its visual flair since the 2013 reveal trailer, CD Projekt RED claims that they have not changed the textures, and that they have only toned down as sharpening filter that was causing eye  strain. The higher resolution can replicate the sharpening effect to some extend so it does indeed seem quite similar. Certain changes have been made of course to accommodate the console hardware, but the game turned out looking quite good indeed. We have also provided some amazing 4K Ultra settings footage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which can be viewed here.

PlayStation Access has provided an in-depth look into many aspects of the game in a 46 minutes video which can be viewed here. It covers everything that fans have been asking for and provides answers to most questions without spoiling the experience.

A few gorgeous screenshots from the PS4 version have also been made available, and they reveal some quite beautiful vistas and the amazing lighting system.

The launch cinematic which was made available yesterday looks amazing. CD Projekt has also revealed the changelog for the day-1 patch which can be viewed here.  docm77, has also made available a video interview with CD Projekt's visual artist, Jose Teixeira, in which he shares his thoughts on the downgrade subject.

The Witcher 3 will release on May 19 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. We will bring you any new information on The Witcher 3 as soon as it becomes available. Be sure to check out our previous coverage for more information on The Witcher 3, here and here


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