Civilization V in Simplified Chinese

Hi All

I’ve been struggling lately in an attempt to get Civilization V working with simplified Chinese characters. As you probably know, Civilization V officially supports traditional Chinese characters, but simplified Chinese characters are not supported at all by firaxis.

The chinese people of course also want to play this game, and they have created a translation for it, but it is mostly inaccessible for people who don’t speak chinese.

After dealing with dodgy .exe files and all sorts of weird crap, I found an .exe which will actually install the translation pack here. You can skip all the sections which speak of a crack if you have a legitimate copy of the game. I’ve also made a mirror of the .exe I downloaded here.

Instructions are as follows:

  • Install Civilization V legitimately. Piracy is illegal and all pirates go to hell without exception.
  • Download and extract the zip file. Execute the .exe file within it (virustotal says it has no virus)
  • Locate your Config.ini file and replace the values at line 66 and 69 with zh_CN. An example location for the file could be D:\Programs\Steam\steamapps\common\Sid Meier’s Civilization V\Config.ini

Run civilization as normal. All text should now be in simplified chinese.