AbandonedThe latest action-adventure game from developer Luminous Productions came under fire online for failing to list its localization and quality assurance teams in full.
Published by Square Enix, Abandoned is a dynamic open-world action RPG. You play as New Yorker Frey Holland and are transported to the magical world of Asia. Evil sorcerer queen rhymes often enough To probably write an entire rap album.The game has received mixed reviews from critics and holds the score 68 Metacritic When 69 of open criticsBut that’s not all Abandonedof Whedon-esque dialogue It sparked internet outrage.
“of Abandonedwhere you can find monsters, magic, cool abilities… but no proper credit,” audiovisual and video game translator Yasmina Casad Gonzalez tweeted on Jan. 24. . gamer“Whatever the reason for not giving credit to the entire localization team, [Luminous Productions]You will see a huge list of companies/subcontractors but almost zero personal names…”
Their tweet has an image of AbandonedIn the end credits of , subcontractors such as Dynamo Pictures and Opus Studio Inc. are named among just four people (three in the localization department and one in the QA department).who else worked Abandoned Some of these two teams don’t seem to appear anywhere in the game’s credits.
“of Abandoned To [Luminous Productions] When [Square Enix]the translator is not included in the credits.” Loc in Credits, Twitter account dedicated to following and posting hashtags #TranslatorsInTheCredits, murmured“Local Heroes worked on AR/PT-BR/RU texts according to their website. I don’t know about others and there may be names I didn’t see on the list.”
Hashtags are gaining traction because other games and game-related media have failed to give everyone their due recognition. Callisto Protocol, Persona 3 When Four, and HBO’s Last of Us TV programs etc. gamer pointed out.
“This is unacceptable,” said Twitter user CWDGH. Said, sharing photos of four individuals nominated by the game’s localization and quality assurance department. “The countless people who have worked Abandoned Snubbed in the credits. Three were mentioned for localization and one for QA. Ridiculous. “
Kotaku We reached out to Square Enix for comment.
As Kotaku have previously mentioned, writing code, localizing languages, creating art, etc., must appear in the end credits, regardless of whether they are still employed by the studio. Deleting their name is akin to deleting their contributions to the project, and can harm future prospects and aspirations. Everyone’s efforts should be recognized, and credit is one of many ways to do that.