Crowdsourcing Localization – Next Steps
We launched the Wasteland 2 crowdsourcing localization about a week ago. The effort is off to a very good start, with the hyper-efficient Germans leading the way. We invited a few of our editors to take an early look at the translation output of our fans and they were well impressed by the quality and consistency of our crowdsourced translations. That’s the value of getting real RPG gamers involved! From here on out our editors will start becoming more active on Get Localization itself, guiding and interacting with our community.
The more volunteers we have, the higher the quality of the translations. We spoke earlier on rewarding our fans, and the top translators will get selected rewards later, but to reward our productive translators, we’ve decided to give everyone who provides approved translation of over 250 strings a copy of Wasteland 2, which will include beta access (please do provide your email address when registering, as otherwise we have no way to contact you).
For new fans or fans who backed at a lower tier, this will allow you to jump into the beta. For other backers, here’s an extra copy to give to a friend! Plus it helps everyone to ensure our translators have access to the beta, as this’ll give them more context and understanding of strings they’re translating.
Please note your strings do have to be reviewed and approved before you get your Steam key for Wasteland 2, not just by us but also by our existing Get Localization community. We do not want people jumping in, running a couple hundred strings through Google Translate, and thinking that’s enough, that kind of behavior will not be rewarded.
As always, we encourage using the Localization page to help spread the word.
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