PlayStation game gets Arabic flavour

Sony Gulf develops Arabic language version of Start the Party

Sony has released an Arabic language version of its Start the Party game for the PlayStation Move.

Sony has released an Arabic language version of its Start the Party game for the PlayStation Move.

Published Tuesday, 14 December 2010
By Georgina Enzer

Sony has released its first Arabic gaming title for the Move console, Start the Party! Arabic.

The game, now in stores in the UAE for AED159, has been translated in over 2,500 lines of script and recoded specifically for Arabic users.

The Arabic version of Start the Party! features the same gameplay as the original, with up to four players competing against each other in 20 different mini-games and challenges. Start the Party! is designed as a fun experience for several players, and uses the PlayStation Move controller for mini-games including spear fishing, fighting robots or ghost hunting.

Users can also personalise their gaming experience by adding the PlayStation Eye to their gaming console. This device captures your own voice and face and brings it into the game.

Sony Gulf said that this is a step towards addressing a lack of Arabic content in the region.

"There is growing interest among developers and gamers for Arabic content for the PlayStation console. It's important for us as a content provider to be receptive to new opportunities that contribute to the culture of markets where we operate. Start the Party! Arabic brings the fun of the English version to Arab families, encouraging them to bond through entertainment," said sales and marketing director Tim Stokes, PlayStation Division, Sony Gulf.