Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is set to release on January 18th. The title will be available on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC, though day-one players will experience an odd ‘bug.’
As shared by IGN, one of the in-game characters sounds like a text-to-speech program instead of a human voice actor. The character is a tree spirit named Kalux that appears in a few scenes in the game.
Kalux’s voice sounds robotic and is clearly out of place in the game’s Persian theme. IGN suggests that Ubisoft used a free online text-to-speech service, commonly used by game streamers, to voice Kalux. What’s more, is that Kalux doesn’t have a voice actor credited in the game’s cast.
Ubisoft has acknowledged the error and said that the English version of Kalux’s eight lines of dialogue was not properly implemented. In a statement given to IGN, Ubisoft said the following:
“During the development process of a game, some teams use multiple placeholder assets, including text to speech voiceover, until final dubbing is delivered. The English version of these 8 lines of text for this character were not properly implemented but will be swapped out and updated with an upcoming patch. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is fully voice-overed in English, French, Spanish, German and Farsi with more than 12,000 lines in total. It is also subtitled in Italian, Portuguese-Brazilian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Polish and Japanese.”
Ubisoft has a day-one patch for the title ready, but it won’t fix the Kalux voice issue. A second patch in late January or early February will likely fix the issue.
Regardless, the small issue won’t make or break Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown for gamers. The title has received mostly positive reviews. “I went into Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown quite excited and came out blown away,” wrote Brad Shankar, MobileSyrup‘s gaming editor, in his recent review of the game.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is EXCELLENT.
Tight platforming, thrilling combat, inventive time powers, and electrifying music.
Such a strong start to the year — Ubisoft Montpellier absolutely crushed it!
— Brad Shankar (@bradshankar) January 11, 2024
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