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Massive Tomb Raider patch makes the game French

30 Jan 2014  by   Tim McDonald

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Update: Square-Enix responded rather rapidly to the problem, and a follow-up patch – at a whopping 0KB in size – re-enabled English in the language options of the game’s properties. Re-selecting English prompts another 1GB download to get the English audio back. Oh well! At least it’s fixed.

Original story: A moment ago, I noticed that the rather excellent Tomb Raider had downloaded a 1GB patch. What could it be, I wonder? Seems a bit small and a bit free, so it’s probably not the DEFINITIVE EDITION graphic updates, if we’re even getting those on PC. The game is now out on Mac, but it’s unlikely to be that – I’m running the PC build, after all. So what did it do?

It made the game French, is what it did.

That’s right: this big ol’ patch apparently removes the English language from the game, as can be seen in the screenshot below. While you can still navigate the (French) menus and return the game to Anglais (that’s English, for those uninitiated in the ways of la Belle Langue), the in-game voices are all still in French. I’m assuming that changing the language settings below will put in the voice acting for the other languages and whatnot; I expect that English was removed from the selections for some reason, thus making the game default to French, thus causing it to download the (1GB) French audio.

So… um. Well done, Square Enix. Now I can pretendĀ Tomb Raider is a subtitled film. And hey, at least the French voice acting seems to be pretty good!

I expect another 1GB patch to returnĀ Tomb Raider‘s voices to English sometime soon.

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  1. Theo
    +1

    Wow, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one! This is so bizarre.

    January 30, 2014 at 11:03 pm

  2. User100

    Even without breaking the English setting, it’s still a 1GB patch that the majority of game owners don’t even need. Great for all those poor souls with limited broadband. It’s hard difficult to ask the OS (or the user) what language is needed, instead we get 20GB downloads with 13 redundant language packs included. And a thousand or so C++ runtimes and DirectX packages.

    Square do seem to be disappearing up their own arses of late.

    January 31, 2014 at 2:00 am
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    MorningLM

    Mine has also switched to French, but I do have the option to change back to English…after another 1GB update.

    January 31, 2014 at 2:58 am
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    Lazerbeak

    I think this a good idea, all games should french only, this way we gamers could have fun and become multilingual at same time

    February 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

  5. Geoff

    Went through all the time it took to download/install the patch, and it’s back to English, but now I’m stuck in an endless loop; not being able to go forward or back in the game because there is no longer a Rope Arrow, which had been working flawlessly for the past few hours of gameplay, until the patch…….?!?!?!! Is there another patch?

    February 3, 2014 at 11:12 pm
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    Peter Parrish

    Hon hon hon

    February 4, 2014 at 7:51 pm

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