Every detail we’ve seen out of Cyberpunk 2077 so far has hammered in how massive it will be, and this behind-the-scenes look at the voice recording for the Chinese localization is no different. A sneak peek says the voice work includes 15%-20% more lines than The Witcher 3 did–including both of its huge DLC add-ons.
The statistics were tweeted by video game analyst Daniel Ahmad, along with a photo of some of the cast in the recording studio. The Chinese localization alone required “more than 150 voice actors, 100,000 lines, 4 recording studios, and 10,000 person hours,” according to Ahmad.
Some pictures from the Cyberpunk 2077 Chinese localisation recording sessions. The dubbing is in Mandarin Chinese.
More than 150 voice actors, 100,000 lines, 4 recording studios + 10,000 person hours.
The VA work is 15-20% more than Witcher 3 (incl DLC). pic.twitter.com/g5NG7Vs9Wo
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 7, 2020
Interestingly, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t actually get an official release in China’s notoriously strict entertainment market, but will still be available to Chinese players through Steam. According to Ahmad, CD Projekt Red has a good reputation among players in China, and at one point it was even the top market for pre-orders of the upcoming game. You can check out what Cyberpunk sounds like in Mandarin Chinese in the demo footage below:
Ahmad has previously tracked CDPR’s popularity in China, noting its huge presence on Bilibili, a Chinese social media site with similarities to Twitch and YouTube.
Here is something fairly notable.
CDPR has 228k Youtube subs and 281k Twitch followers.
Yet it has 568k followers on Chinese video site Bilibili which can be considered a Chinese ver. of Youtube/Twitch.
CDPR has a good reputation in China and is a well respected dev. pic.twitter.com/SNPDuBPsWH
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 3, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 will launch with full voice acting in 10 different languages, a huge undertaking for a game of this size. An additional eight languages will be available in subtitles. The full list includes:
Voice and subtitles
- EnglishGermanSpanishFrenchItalianPolishBrazilian PortugueseRussianChinese – SimplifiedJapanese
- Spanish–Latin AmericanHungarianTurkishCzechArabicThaiChinese – TraditionalKorean