American adventure Where The Water Tastes Like Wine adds Chinese language, stories

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  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

Where The Water Tastes Like Wine was directed by the programmer on influential narrative adventure Gone Home. — AFP Relaxnews

Storytelling game Where The Water Tastes Like Wine is not only adding full Chinese language support but also a new batch of tales focusing on the historical Chinese-American experience.

Extra languages help games connect with a wider audience in their native tongues.

Content updates encourage new and returning players to spend more time inside a game's world.

Rarely do the two combine so well as in Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, a February 2018 narrative adventure about traveling and sharing stories on a wandering trail through Depression-era United States.

The free Gold Mountain update for the PC, Mac and Linux game not only adds Chinese localisation but also a selection of new stories, this time focusing on the role of Chinese-Americans in the United States.

"From miners in California to the railroad workers who bridged the continent to a whole host of other folks, Chinese immigrants have played a huge role in building this country," game developer Johnnemann Nordhagen had written back in March.

"[W]e hope that players there find our relatively small and brief American history and folklore to be interesting to them [and] we're happy to be able to write more exploring [Chinese-Americans'] stories."

The new histories – one of them passed down through generations of his own family – were written by Zhengua Yang, who runs the independent US studio and publisher Serenity Forge. Ryan Zhang led the Chinese localisation team.

The update also overlaps with a limited sale running until July 17 through the Steam platform.

A free Fireside Chats edition is available as a standalone, companion experience to the full Where The Water Tastes Like Wine story.


– AFP Relaxnews

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