September 5th, 2017

Massive Tomb Raider patch makes the game French


Update: Square-Enix responded rather rapidly to the problem, and a follow-up patch – at a whopping 0KB in size – re-enabled English in the language options of the game’s properties. Re-selecting English prompts another 1GB download to get the English audio back. Oh well! At least it’s fixed.

Original story: A moment ago, I noticed that the rather excellent Tomb Raider had downloaded a 1GB patch. What could it be, I wonder? Seems a bit small and a bit free, so it’s probably not the DEFINITIVE EDITION graphic updates, if we’re even getting those on PC. The game is now out on Mac, but it’s unlikely to be that – I’m running the PC build, after all. So what did it do?

It made the game French, is what it did.

That’s right: this big ol’ patch apparently removes the English language from the game, as can be seen in the screenshot below. While you can still navigate the (French) menus and return the game to Anglais (that’s English, for those uninitiated in the ways of la Belle Langue), the in-game voices are all still in French. I’m assuming that changing the language settings below will put in the voice acting for the other languages and whatnot; I expect that English was removed from the selections for some reason, thus making the game default to French, thus causing it to download the (1GB) French audio.

So… um. Well done, Square Enix. Now I can pretend Tomb Raider is a subtitled film. And hey, at least the French voice acting seems to be pretty good!

I expect another 1GB patch to return Tomb Raider‘s voices to English sometime soon.

tomb raider french

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  • Tim McDonald

    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.

    • Theo

      Wow, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one! This is so bizarre.

    • User100

      Even without breaking the English setting, it’s still a 1GB patch that the majority of game owners don’t even need. Great for all those poor souls with limited broadband. It’s hard difficult to ask the OS (or the user) what language is needed, instead we get 20GB downloads with 13 redundant language packs included. And a thousand or so C++ runtimes and DirectX packages.

      Square do seem to be disappearing up their own arses of late.

    • MorningLM

      Mine has also switched to French, but I do have the option to change back to English…after another 1GB update.

    • Lazerbeak

      I think this a good idea, all games should french only, this way we gamers could have fun and become multilingual at same time

    • Geoff

      Went through all the time it took to download/install the patch, and it’s back to English, but now I’m stuck in an endless loop; not being able to go forward or back in the game because there is no longer a Rope Arrow, which had been working flawlessly for the past few hours of gameplay, until the patch…….?!?!?!! Is there another patch?

    • Peter Parrish

      Hon hon hon