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Session Name: StarCraft II - Carte Blanche Localization
Speaker(s): William Barnes
Company Name(s): Blizzard Entertainment
Track / Format: Localization Summit

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When Blizzard launched StarCraft II in July of 2010, it was lauded globally as one of the most thoroughly localized games ever. Jim Raynor enunciated perfect Korean, Dr. Hanson's French was sublime, and Tychus Findlay spoke flawless Russian. The multi-player unit VO was every bit as entertaining in Italian as it was in English. The melting pot city streets of the multi-player maps hinted at Ridley Scott's depiction of Los Angeles 2019. The in-game cut-scenes and pre-rendered sequences were tailored perfectly for eleven locales. And even the Map Editor was launched fully localized in 11 languages. Hear how and why Blizzard elected to localize StarCraft II as comprehensively as they did.

GDC 2012

William Barnes

Blizzard Entertainment

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Localization Summit

Localization / QA