I just purchased Assassins Creed: Revelations on Xbox marketplace and woe, as usual, it assumes I want my damn game in Norwegian. The game is now riddled with horrendously badly translated Norwegian labels and it really really bothers me.

The options lets me change the "game text" to English. If not I would simply delete the game and never look back. But every meta game label is still in Norwegian, and that's not even the point. It seems to me that Xbox marketplace checks my IP address, decides that I live in Norway and assumes that I suck at English and want all my content in Norwegian. It's enraging that I don't get to choose.

Please tell me that I'm wrong and that I can COMPLETELY change the language of the game and the console to English. (Also please tell me how)

EDIT: I have actually started to play the game now, and it turns out the only thing about the game that is still English is the voice acting and subtitles. Every label, description, explanation, notice, warning and tutorial is still mind-numbingly badly translated into Norwegian. I have to fix this. I'm 20 minutes into the newest game in my favorite game series and I'm still just getting pissed by the fact that the label on X in an assassination scenario says "Drep" instead of "Assassinate" and similar atrocities. It's unacceptable - please help

  • Please tell me by now there's some way to do this!
    – Rudie
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 17:40

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Alas, the answer of my question lies in this conversation with Xbox Customer Service:

Kesha: Thanks for waiting, Tomas. Do you have any issue with purchasing content in English?
Tomas: I would prefer to have everything in English
Tomas: Including my Xbox Live profile, Xbox Marketplace labels, all my games etc
Tomas: I don't like Norwegian
Kesha: Ok, I understand. One moment, let me research to see if there is Assassin's Creed Revelations in English.
Kesha: Thanks you so much for waiting. Tomas, I was able to find that Assassin Creed Revelations for you region does not have an English version.
Tomas: In other words, Microsoft is forcing me to play the terrible Norwegian translated version of Assassins Creed?
Tomas: That can't possibly be good enough
Tomas: Can you change my region?
Kesha: I totally understand, as of right now changing location has been disabled.

To summarize, Xbox doesn't let you choose the language of the games you purchase. It sets the language to what ever the main language of the location in which you purchased your Xbox is. I shudder to think of the poor souls who bought their Xbox on vacation to an exotic country.

  • I don't think it has anything to do with the physical Xbox. It depends on the region of your Xbox account. You can have accounts from different regions cached on the same Xbox at the same time. Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 22:26
  • I was told by the Customer Service that the region of the Xbox is locked to wherever I bought it
    – Hubro
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 22:39
  • Xbox has different colouring systems such as PAL and NTSC, not regions. Each Xbox is locked to one system and only modding (against ToA of course) can change that. Your issue has to do with the region of your account as explained in detail by the customer rep in your conversation. You CANNOT change the region of your account (I assume Norway). It's unfortunate that the game wasn't released in English for your region, but one way to get around this is to create a new Xbox account in an English-speaking region and purchase the game again. Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 23:02
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    @JamesJiao The problem with creating a new account in an English-speaking region is the payment method. If Codemonkey creates e.g. a UK account he will not be able to use a Norwegian credit card because the billing address must match the account's country. This is a mess in Europe generally, where moving countries and expecting content in multiple languages is common, but MS assumes that everyone stays in one country and always wants content in the language of that country. The best solution is to order discs directly from the UK, but Norway is not in the EU so there may be import duty to pay.
    – Pondlife
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 9:53
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    OMG xbox you suck! In FAR CRY 3, all the labels are Dutch, but the characters are talking in English: "Select the Takedown option". There's no "Takedown" option, because the damn interface is Dutch! Stupid!
    – Rudie
    Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 17:29

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