Hi Mr. Scott,
I’m elated over the news of you guys acquiring APB after almost 6 months of no ‘new news’, really excited over your acquisition of this game. I’m sincerely hoping that you guys can make this game become as successful as what it is meant to become.
However, as stated in the title, I would like to ask (on behalf of the entire APB:Reloaded Chinese player base) if LO has any plans or interest in adding a Chinese language option for us Chinese players.
We started as a small group of dedicated APB:Reloaded Chinese players playing since the RTW era. Ever since then, we have been attempting to actively recommend this game to our friends and people who are interested in this genre. We even tried to communicate with the previous owner of the game, GamersFirst, where we did not really get any official responses. Eventually, the language barrier takes effect and severely hinders our effort.
As a matter of fact, Chinese is the most spoken language in the world, indicating the colossal player base APB:Reloaded can access to, making it a huge market. Examples of such games would be PUBG & GTA:OL, the former’s popularity is especially applicable in the context of APB:Reloaded. With some research, it was observed that PUBG’s spiraling popularity in China is due to the ‘advertising’ & spread from many streamers, and we believe that it is strongly correlated with the fact that PUBG offers a Chinese language option. In our humble opinion, APB:Reloaded providing such an option will definitely provide a strong competition to other games in the market such as PUBG & GTA:OL. Not to mention many edges that APB:Reloaded has such as its unique customization & strategic gameplay.
With regards to the “$0.10 a word (or higher)” concern (Quoted from the Spanish community thread), we believe that at an early stage it is OK to just partially translate the UI (E.g. Combat/Marketplace/Etcetera.) where it is understandable for players to know what is going on. If possible, some of us players do not mind assisting with the translation process, for free.
Again, with regards to a larger community concern: HAN server. In our humble opinion, if we can start to get Chinese players into the game, the population may not be much of an issue anymore. You don’t even have to merge the servers if that is the case.
Finally, please do not under-estimate the capacity & potential of Chinese gaming market . Statistics have proved that our large player base really generates a lot of revenue for the gaming industry (For example, https://newzoo.com/insights/rankings/top-100-countries-by-game-revenues/).
Of course, we understand that LO has just taken over the company, and there is a ton of work for you guys to manage as well such as the engine upgrade. However, in our humble opinion, adding a language option is much simpler & practical compared to the engine upgrade, so why not do the former first .
TL:DR - Please consider adding Chinese language into the game! Thank you!
因为APB的魅力，在从RTW时代开始接触APB起，我们这些中国最早的一批玩家一直想把APB介绍给身边的朋友 ，一直在为增加APB中文语言选项而与官方沟通，无奈一直得不到官方的支持。很多朋友也无法跟我们一起走 得更远。
中文无疑是世界上使用人数最多的语言，也不用质疑中文游戏玩家的数量。你们可以了解一下PUBG在中国的 火爆程度（之前是GTAV），因为PUBG有中文，各大游戏主播很容易就能把大量的游戏玩家带进PUBG。如果APB 有中文，相信APB可以取代PUBG,毕竟APB的可玩性比PUGB强太多了。
关于 “$0.10 a word ”，其实只用需要针对UI部分翻译就足够了，如果可以，我们这些忠实玩家可以免费 进行文字翻译。