May 12, 2011 05:47 ET

Valve Unleashes Portal 2 in 20 Languages Thanks to SDL Assistance

With the help of SDL's integrated Global Information Management solutions Valve simultaneously ships its eagerly anticipated game in 20 languages

MAIDENHEAD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) - SDL, (LSE:SDL) the leading provider of Global Information Management solutions is pleased to announce that Valve, creator of best-selling game franchises and leading technologies, has utilized SDL's integrated language services and technologies to accelerate the worldwide launch of its highly anticipated latest game release – Portal 2.

SDL is delighted to have provided a solution to a company at the cutting edge of global gaming. The company has transformed the gaming landscape for more than a decade. In order to simultaneously release its next- generation game - Portal 2 - around the globe, Valve has once again relied on its relationship with SDL. SDL project managed the translation of spoken and written communication for Valve's previous gaming landmarks including Half-Life, Team Fortress and Left4Dead. Now Valve has also worked with SDL for its latest release, Portal 2.

Thanks to the SDL / Valve relationship, this April 2011, Portal 2 was simultaneously released in 20 languages, including local language box literature, captions, ads, websites, and instructions. Of these, 3 languages also have full audio interpretation into French, German and Spanish.

The English language version of Portal 2 includes a star-studded cast of voice-over artists including well-known actors Stephen Merchant (The Office) playing Wheatley and J.K. Simmons (Law & Order) playing Aperture Science's founder and CEO, Cave Johnson. SDL's expert audio teams worked closely with Valve to understand the individual personality traits of these characters and tackle the challenging task of finding suitable alternatives for local language versions. SDL created an independent plot synopsis that provided context for translation and narrative and fully managed the recording and post-production of all native voice-overs.

To translate scripts and all supporting content, SDL immersed its dedicated in-country translation teams in the game. The project was managed through SDL Translation Management System™, which provided complete workflow control across all languages as well as the reuse of previously translated material to decrease cost and time-to-market. In order to facilitate communication, SDL also set up a dedicated Portal 2 Q&A server, so that everyone involved in the project at Valve and at SDL could ask questions and find solutions to relevant linguistic challenges.

Dominic Kinnon, CEO SDL Language Services division comments, "Providing Global Information Management solutions for the gaming industry is a highly specialist discipline that SDL has been investing in for well over a decade. Our on-going and highly successful relationship with Valve is testament to SDL's in-house expert audio and localization teams. Valve has a reputation for producing some of the world's most enjoyable and immersing gaming experiences and SDL is very proud to be supporting its latest landmark release of Portal 2."

The result is the simultaneous launch of one of the world's most eagerly awaited games in 20 languages.

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