Mars War Logs Voice Acting has been described as disappointing for a lot of gamers. The game was originally recorded in French and the voice acting that was recorded for the US version just wasn’t up to par. Instead of sitting back and allowing this to be their finished product Spiders Studio stepped up to the plate and re-recorded everything to bring a most realistic experience to US gamers. The update is free for the PC version and is promised to be included once the game releases for consoles.
Luc Heninger, Director of Production at Focus Home Interactive, explains the decision that was made:
Mars contains a vast amount of dialog, even by RPG standards. The plot has numerous strands and the dialog often has many variants to mirror the hero’s changes in reputation. The tight deadlines between the game release dates meant that the initial English translation lacked depth and contained a number of errors; it was then sent to the recording studio, making the job of the actors extremely difficult. The actual game was thoroughly tested and released with very few bugs on PC, but unfortunately the procedures for the audio and text QA failed and allowed many English localization issues to slip through. We realized the extent of the problem after seeing the first feedback from the press and gamers. The result was so far removed from what we usually produce that we took the decision to halt the submission process for the console version, which was due for release only weeks after the PC title. We have re-written the game text and dialog and, of course, recorded the actors again, replacing the sections that weren’t true to the characters in Mars. All these problems will therefore be fixed in the console version. An update is now available for players with the PC game, and we have also incorporated the new audio in the PC versions on the various download sites.
View the first seven minutes of the game with the new dialogue!