Turbine End DDO Localisation – Is LOTRO Next?

As of the 24th November, Turbine have ended French and German localisation for DDO. The FR/DE option is still available on the client launcher for the immediate future but no new content will be translated into those languages. Existing translations will be replaced with English overtime. This policy also extends to the in-game store. Multi-lingual support will still be maintained for account management. The official forums will be consolidating French and German threads into unified sub-forums. I wonder how long it will be before this  policy is extended into LOTRO?

The original German language notification from the official DDO forums.

DDO was facing grave difficulties in 2009, with a dwindling player and low subscription levels. This ultimately led to it’s free to play transition, which was initially hailed as a success by Turbine. However, it would appear that the increased levels of players and store transactions has not been sustained. The release of new content this year does not seemed to have changed the status quo. Does the recent round of staff redundancies at Turbine along with this withdrawal of localisation support indicate that DDO is on the road to closure? Again I ask the question, does this situation have a bearing upon LOTRO?

4 thoughts on “Turbine End DDO Localisation – Is LOTRO Next?

  1. Jonathan Baron says:

    Given that Turbine only recently, with the Riders of Rohan release, fixed the provincial error of having identifiable words (in English of course…..”Isabel…Isabel…”) looping in many interior sound environments, one might wonder if proper, easily maintained and updated localization was engineered into their products from the start. I suspect so, as no such mistakes appear in the world and artwork. Plus LOTRO has a vigorous European following and a new Tolkien based movie will soon be released. Thus I, personally, don’t see the fate of the two games as connected.

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