Chinese open-world RPG Sands of Salzaar has proven unexpectedly popular on Steam. Now, more Western players will be able to enjoy it in their native language with the Sands of Salzaar English update.
Sands of Salzaar is one of the strange sleeper hits of the year. Coming out of Han Squirrel Studio in China, it managed to become one of the best-selling games on Steam in its launch month.
It's a rarity, but every now and again a foreign-language game will come along and capture the hearts of players who can't even tell what's going on — some more recent examples include the child-raising sim Chinese Parents and the strategy RPG Banner of the Maid. That won't be a problem anymore with this latest update!
Check out the latest gameplay trailer to see the Sands of Salzaar English Update in action!
What's New in the Sands of Salzaar English Update?
Naturally, the core new feature of this update is the addition of official English-language support. More than 500,000 lines of English-language dialogue have been added to this game.
That's a monumental effort that's worth an update of its own, but the developers didn't rest on their laurels for this one. Several updates to the Main Story are also a part of this patch. Each of the game's five factions have more significant roles to play in the story, and the gameplay elements do a better job of bringing the narrative to the forefront.
Another big addition to Sands of Salzaar is multiplayer gameplay. The official "Battle of the Black Sun" campaign has debuted as a demonstration of this new gameplay mode, allowing four players in total to explore this mysterious world. (It should be noted that this is an experimental feature, so don't expect too much at the beginning.)
The Sands of Salzaar English update also gives some love to modders. The in-game mod editor has also been fully translated, as has all of the mod documentation. The new multiplayer features can also be used to make mods, and a number of popular mods have been translated into English as well.
These are just the highlights of this massive update — make sure to check out the full Sands of Salzaar English Update patch notes to see everything that's changed. If you haven't yet hopped into this game, you can buy Sands of Salzaar on Steam for just $8.99 thanks to a massive 40% discount for the first time ever.
What do you think of the Sands of Salzaar English update? Do you think the game has lost some of its charm now that it's been translated? Let us know in the comments below!