The newly released Steam versions of Final Fantasy 10 and Final Fantasy 10-2 feature English and Japanese voice acting options, and a variety of subtitle options, but players are limited in how they can mix and match the game's text and voice — and that limitation isn't sitting well with Final Fantasy fans.
On Steam, Square Enix detailed audio and subtitle support for the Windows PC versions of Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remastered, saying that "all available languages will be playable in all territories." At the game's launch, players will have to select which voice option — Japanese or English — they want to listen to, and from there they'll have a handful of subtitle and text language options.
Players who opt to hear the game's Japanese voice acting will be offered game text in Japanese, Korean or Traditional Chinese. Those who prefer the game's English dialogue can choose text in English, French, Italian, German or Spanish.
Many Steam users have expressed dissatisfaction with those options, saying they want to listen to the games' original Japanese voice acting, but read subtitles and menus in any language. Square Enix says that's not possible, due to unspecified "technical reasons."
"We know a lot of you have been asking whether there are dual audio options but unfortunately due to technical reasons, we're not able to include dual audio in FFX|X-2 HD Remaster," the company said in an update posted to Steam.
PC players have already taken it upon themselves to address the issue. At least one mod, in the form of an unverified downloadable executable, has already been released that offers voice and text language options not supported by Square Enix.