Innersloth's Among Us has become the first major title to be officially translated into Irish, following the developer's incorporation into the game of what began as a fan project. The One-Minh Kavanagh team, Brian C. Mac Giolla Mhuire, Cormac Cinnsealach and Mike Drinkwater had been working on a modification that translated the game before it came close to making it official.
"Callum asked me about Robot Teddy, the consultant who supports Innersloth, after making a statement on Twitter calling for the Irish to become an official part of the game." Unna-Minh told the Irish Mirror. "With the enthusiastic support we got from him, our team set up with NDA and started working on the translation."
The project lasted about five months, involved translating hundreds of sentences into the game and is exactly the kind of thing that languages like Gaelic need. Half of my extended family lives in Cork and each of them is bilingual because they are taught the language at school. Currently, the Irish government is in the middle of its last 20-year strategy to revitalize the language and increase the number of native speakers, and keeping languages alive like Gaelic is a matter of making them part of the contemporary landscape: how, for example, in highly successful video games.
This would not have been possible without the team’s collective effort and the incredible support we got from @DevRelCallum, Michaël Lelièvre and @InnerslothDevs: it’s a cultural victory for a thriving minority language. Tháimse ana-bhaoch :]] pic.twitter.com/2uHxxGWDmdJuly 7, 2021
"The Translation Between Us is the first significant translation ever made into Irish for a very popular game," says Mike Drinkwater. "It's a cultural victory for the Irish community. Games provide a fun way to learn languages. Players have to provide information to which they have to react and interactivity facilitates faster learning. And the games are fun, so no problem. "
"Games have long been a hobby of mine," adds Brian C. Mac Giolla Mhuire, "and I think it's a great way to encourage language use; it would be great to have a variety of games available, but having a game as accessible and as playful as between us available as Gaeilge, is now what I would call a step in the right direction. "
Between us you can now play Gaelige.