When Diablo III Doesn't Speak Your Language

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You will get online. It will happen. All these launch Diablo III troubles will vanish. But when they do, there could still be a group of players who are screwed.

Diablo III, you see, does not speak their language. Meet Error 84.

Blizzard decided not to allow players the ability to change their language and instead released the game with language locks. That means that players who live in Asia must currently play the game in their region's lingo.


When players attempt to download, say, an English client, Diablo III gives this message: "The client does not match the account's native language. Please use the game's original client. (Error_84)"

Blizzard players living outside English speaking countries will be familiar with this. Blizzard separates its games on various servers across the globe, grouping them by region and language.

As Sunberry on the Battle.net forums pointed out, Diablo III is apparently locked to Traditional Chinese, even for some players who live in Mainland China and who use Simplified Chinese. Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese are not the same.

What's more, there are many players who live in Asia and might not be proficient enough in the local language. Or maybe they'd just rather play in their native tongue. For those, they should pick up the international version of the game so they don't end up with a language they don't want to play in. That doesn't help those who purchased the digital version before launch.


Blizzard obviously blocked English on local editions, which are priced less due to the exchange rate. Shame players in those regions feel like they're being pushed for language proficiency—or lack thereof.

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wait wait WAIT, hold on a damn minute....

This means that if I live in Mexico I'll have to play the game forcefully in spanish instead of the original (and Im sure better treated) english original???????? If this is true it's gotta be one of the dumbest, most idiotic, stupidest, inbred, obtuse decisions I've seen in the gaming industry in the last decade!

I mean I can get behind the "buy the client of your region" thing even if it represents me having to pay more Pesos for the game than US dollars due to region locks and exchange rates. I've been ripped off before on this due to my videogame hobby and living in a 3rd world country. But never had a game forced me to play it in Spanish when the original one was made in english. NEVER! The closest thing to this was Age of Empires 2 being available to buy only in Spanish in Mexico (even crappy dubbed voices and it was european Spanish to boot!) so in a trip to the US I bought the game in english and that was it!

There's many people in Mexico that barely speak the local language. Or even foreigners and immigrants in the US that would like the option to play it in another language than english!

Blizzard, you almost always seem to have your shit together. But from what I understand, you might just fucked this up badly over something as basic as a language option. I won't play Diablo 3 if its available to me only in Spanish, especially if the voices are dubbed too (that I've yet to confirm). Keep the dumb region locks but give language options.

EDIT: I just read there's a multi language licence available internationally so I take back what I said previously. Language options should always be available and it should stay that way.