Wesker Posted August 13, 2013 Share Posted August 13, 2013 I noticed this version is something largely undocumented in the Dune gaming communities, as if it never existed at all. It is not mentioned and/or considered when the different official versions of Dune II are mentioned for bibliographical reasons, unofficial patch and source ports, so I will try to shed some light to it. Dune II had official Spanish and Italian versions released back in 1993. These translations are present in a variant of the European v1.07 three language release "Dune II: The Battle for Arrakis" which features English, Italian and Spanish languages (in this order). This version, however, doesn't work with specific extensions for those languages. It simply reuses the same .FRE and .GER extensions of the other European v1.07 release for the new languages, with Italian being in the place of French (so, it uses the .FRE files) and Spanish being in the place of German (therefore, it uses the .GER files). Functionally it seems to be the same or largely the same as the regular European three language release featuring English, French and German, but the setup is modified to display and select the new languages accordingly (1. English, 2. Italian, 3. Spanish), and of course, all texts are translated to Spanish and Italian when the appropiate languages are selected. Back in the early 90's, Westwood used to do Spanish (and I suppose, Italian too) translations to their games. Eye of the Beholder, Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon, The Legend of Kyrandia, The Legend of Kyrandia Book Two: The Hand of Fate and Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos, together with Dune II, were all released in Spanish, but only in their original floppy releases. When Westwood developed the CD-ROM re-releases of all of them, they only considered English, German and French as languages available for these versions, dismissing the already developed Spanish and Italian translations completely. The consequence of this trend was that when they started to develop PC games exclusively in CD-ROM format with titles like The Legend of Kyrandia Book Three: Malcolm's Revenge and Command & Conquer, none of them were translated/dubbed to Spanish and Italian, something that was not considered by Westwood until 1997 when they went back to these languages, starting with Lands of Lore II: Guardians of Destiny and Blade Runner. Now, going back to the English/Italian/Spanish version of Dune II, this version is particular due to the fact that both Spanish and Italian never seemed to have an official speech track done for them, unlike the ones that were done for English, German and French. No matter if you have both VOC.PAK or INTROVOC.PAK files present, Spanish and Italian don't use it at all and therefore the game remains silent with no trace of voiced speech and with only the English language selection being able to take advantage of it. While there are already several patches for the CD-ROM versions of both The Legend of Kyrandia games and the first Lands of Lore game which add the Spanish translations of the floppy versions in order to have voiced translated versions of all of them, Dune II still hasn't received an equivalent which allow the Spanish translation to either have a Spanish dub (which, I suppose, could be reused from Dune 2000) or English voices (in this particular case, someone is attempting to do it), so even in the unofficial side of things and going out of the official canon, this version is still entirely voiceless (I can't speak for the Italian language, I don't know if someone has attempted this with that translation). Due to the fact that most people in the Dune II fancommunity are unaware of this official Spanish and Italian version, there seems to be some problems when trying to use it in source ports like Dune Legacy, Dune Dynasty and OpenDune. With Dune Legacy you can use these files to make it running, but you can only play the game in English, as the program gives a c++ runtime error when you try to select either "French" (which would be Italian) or "German" (which would be Spanish) with these files because, I suppose, the languages don't match which the ones intended. Dune Dynasty also fails to boot the program whenever you force the .cfg file to load these languages. And regarding OpenDune, while the current 0.7 version seems to run the game in Spanish (I haven't tested Italian), there's a problem with the program failing to recognize the Spanish accented characters and the "ñ" character which provoques the text being displayed either incomplete or wrongly formatted, something that I don't think it would be very difficult to fix. It would be good that both of these source ports would support these languages, and maybe also linking them to the English language voices so neither of them would be silent, unless a unofficial voiced track for both languages would be provided (I don't like reusing voice files from other games like it was done with fantranslations of Command & Conquer and Command & Conquer Red Alert, so I don't think it would be a good idea to have them from Dune 2000). Lastly, I'm providing some screencaps of Dune II in Spanish for you to check out, although you can see some of it in the aforementioned YouTube video which is trying to hack it with English speech. You can even see the anticopy protection scheme in the screencap, evidencing this is a floppy version after all. http://i41.tinypic.com/efqxwp.pnghttp://i44.tinypic.com/1zvacmp.pnghttp://i44.tinypic.com/25uoevp.pnghttp://i42.tinypic.com/156pa3k.pnghttp://i41.tinypic.com/2edbb6e.pnghttp://i42.tinypic.com/24ovs6r.pnghttp://i44.tinypic.com/2pquveq.pnghttp://i39.tinypic.com/2111f8x.pnghttp://i40.tinypic.com/69kgvb.pnghttp://i42.tinypic.com/2regkqp.pnghttp://i41.tinypic.com/ilei68.pnghttp://i42.tinypic.com/nytds3.pnghttp://i40.tinypic.com/2r6k4dy.pnghttp://i41.tinypic.com/fu431z.pnghttp://i41.tinypic.com/bi2kgk.pnghttp://i40.tinypic.com/2znqys8.pnghttp://i40.tinypic.com/ncjqky.pnghttp://i43.tinypic.com/wqzwbl.pnghttp://i39.tinypic.com/2jetstv.pnghttp://i43.tinypic.com/107702e.pnghttp://i41.tinypic.com/2ypg6zo.pnghttp://i43.tinypic.com/29gk3rr.pnghttp://i40.tinypic.com/23hu25t.pnghttp://i43.tinypic.com/344xfk2.pnghttp://i42.tinypic.com/2ue2v40.png 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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