Update: SouthPeak has contacted Eurogamer to deny holding Two Worlds II back because of a debt owed to German publisher CDV.
"I can absolutely categorically say that the current situation with Two Worlds II is not connected to previous legal issues," a spokesperson for the publisher said. "We will officially announce the UK release date for Two Worlds II shortly, to end all this speculation, and we just ask for fans to please remain patient."
Original story: The confusion surrounding SouthPeak's continued refusal to date the UK release of PS3 and Xbox 360 role-playing game Two Worlds II took another twist this morning when it emerged that all regional releases of the game will support multiple languages - including English.
In mainland Europe the game is on track for a 21st October launch, a spokesperson for TopWare, the game's European publisher, confirmed to Eurogamer this morning. But importers beware: manuals and menus will be in the native tongue of the region you import from.
On PC, the European standard edition won't generally support the English language. But if you live in Scandinavia it will. Bigger territories such as Germany and Spain will have a dedicated language release, so you'll need to upgrade to the Premium or Royal editions for multiple languages there.
This suggests that localisation problems aren't behind the increasingly uncertain UK release of Two Worlds II. This also backs up what TopWare told GameSpot recently: that the game was ready but being held back by Western publisher SouthPeak to avoid a busy release schedule.
"There were concerns our title could potentially be lost in the fanfare. Our publishing partner SouthPeak, to their credit, has acknowledged this fact and made an adjustment, postponing their launch of Two Worlds II into early 2011," said TopWare, commenting on the announced US delay.
There's a further twist.
SouthPeak owes German publisher CDV money. Back in August, bailiffs stormed SouthPeak and took 40,000 games. They sold for £50,000, but the total bill to be repaid stands at $3.4 million. The only thing stopping bailiffs gobbling up the rest of SouthPeak was the then forthcoming September 2010 launch of Two Worlds II.
"They don't have any new releases until Two Worlds II, but we'll be able to do the same again," warned CDV's legal team. "The question is, do we seize the stock or let it sell and seize the proceeds?"