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As an European playing on EU servers, I run often into a language barrier problem. More often than not, I encounter Russians, French people and the occasional Asian who don't speak a word English. Me, only speaking English, Dutch (and understanding a little German) am unable to communicate even the smallest things like "I have keys, go to Car", "here is gas" and so forth.

In a game that's so focused on teamwork and communication. I feel this is a huge problem that needs to be addressed.

 

A suggestion I have is to use something similar to L4D2's "look" command.

This is a contextual command that changes depending on what you're pointing at. Like for example when keys are on the ground you will say "keys" if you point at it and use the command. Or when Jason's close and you point in his direction it will say "Jason".

 

One way to show the specific item is by the character's voice (this takes some voice acting for all the counselors and voice sound must be limited to proximity similar to microphone chat).

Alternatively, what i'm more of a fan of, is a little text bubble above your head with a picture of the object you're looking at in it.

For example:

  • Player uses command "look" at keys > a key shows in the bubble above the player's head.
  • Player uses command "look" in Jason's direction > Jason's mask shows in the bubble above the player's head
  • Player uses command  "look" at car > a car symbol shows in the bubble above the player's head. Therefore implying "go to car"
  • Player uses command "look" at window > a window symbol shows in the bubble above the player's head, therefore implying "go through the window".

Of course, Jason will also be able to see these bubbles visually. Perhaps it needs some tweaking to not give your location away from 100 meters or so. Or Jason being able to see it through cabin walls to not completely obscure him from seeing it. but i'm sure the devs can make it work if they choose to implement it.

 

What do you think of this? Will it work and "fix" the communication problem by providing a "universal language" that can be used?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

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