Mass Effect 2 (PC) has still not even been released and we’re already getting bombarded with questions from avid followers of the game. We’ve already made a post highlighting some of the common problems people seem to be having with ME2 but here’s another popular question that was directed to our E-mail inbox; How do you change the in game language in Mass Effect 2? Usually, you should be able to do this during the installation process. In case you missed it, you can still change the language without having to reinstall the entire game (which is a good thing because ME2 installer takes a lot of time too).
This is done by editing a game configuration file which is a pretty straightforward task.
- Browse to your Mass Effect 2 installation directory and look in the ‘data’ folder.
- Open sku.ini file with a text editor such as Notepad. Make a backup of this file before you alter it – this way you can revert to original if anything goes wrong.
- Edit the [SKU] section of the file so that it looks like the text below:
- Save and close the configuration editor.
VOLanguage parameter controls the voice language in Mass Effect 2 while TextLanguage controls which language in-game text are displayed. In the above example both are set to INT which is the language String in ME2 for English. If you want to switch to another language simply alter the sku.ini file, replacing the INT parameter with a language of your choice. Here are some language strings that are compatible with ME2:
- FR - French
- IT - Italian
- DE - German
- SP - Spanish
- INT – English
Note that above are languages that are bundled with MULTI5 version of the game. There may be additional languages in other versions (feel free to post working lang strings in comments). Obviously, this method will only work in Multilanguage versions of Mass Effect 2. If your copy is localized and does not include additional languages, this will not work.