Ever since we revealed that we were going to support multiple language editions, we’ve had a continuous stream of requests from players around the world. We started with 7 languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. All but Swedish left beta last week—and yesterday, we launched Themed puzzles—the final missing feature of Swedish for Beta.
Today, we are launch our next set of languages:
- Brazilian Portuguese
Wordament – Arabic
Wordament – Russian
Each of these languages is great in it’s own way, but we find the boards for Russian, Polish, and Arabic beautiful – because it’s the first time we’ve had non-Western characters on the board.
Even more incredible, from our perspective, is support for Arabic – a right-to-left language. We were approached by the natural language experts in Microsoft Research – Egypt and they asked if we would be interested in trying an “experiment” with them. They make the Office lexicons for spell-checking throughout the Middle East and they had been considering making their own word game—but they knew about and liked Wordament. Given that we deeply appreciate languages, we were excited to partner up and see what happened.
The first thing we found was that Windows Phone 7.x doesn’t natively support Arabic as a user-interface language. But, because it uses the native Windows TrueType font rasterizer, all of the incredibly scripted beauty of the language shows up and works. That made shipping the language possible across both Windows Phone and Windows 8. Within days, we had it “working”, but we continued to work and refine it. We decided to wait for Windows 8 to launch all of these languages, as being on two platforms increases the number of players able to play in each language.
These new editions are BETA. They are NOT perfect—we know that. In the case of Arabic, it’s one of the hardest betas for us to support—as we don’t speak a word of the language. So, when you send feedback—please be patient with us! As with all of our language editions, we’ve listened and continue to work and refine each edition each week to make this one of the best and most global word games anywhere.
We hope you enjoy the new languages to play in!
To select a puzzle language on a Windows Phone:
Pivot to the Help & Options section, and select the Puzzle language drop down:
To select a puzzle language on Windows 8:
Press Help & Options from the Start screen, and then select Puzzle language: