One of the largest obstacles facing games on their path into the console market is the potentially arduous certification process. As part of the console compliance certification process, games are tested by console manufacturers to ensure every facet of the game (in-game text, instruction manuals, etc.) fully adheres to their strict native terminology requirements, standards, and naming conventions. This process is not only important for players to understand the games they’re playing in the context of the platform they’re being played on; for all major consoles, compliance certification is a mandatory step in the game’s release. With console gaming being a strong pillar of the industry, full compliance is crucial to the success of any game.
The strength of the gaming industry today means there are more platforms than ever to release your next big gaming project on. For developers and publishers, this also means an increased chance of success! With this increased opportunity for a global, multiplatform spread, there also come additional responsibilities – responsibilities like console compliance. Full compliance with each console a game is released on is mandatory. Before release, manufacturers must oversee the correct implementation of their native requirements and standards, this can include: naming conventions, spelling and capitalization of native branding terminology, button and control terminology, and much, much more. Failure to comply with requirements can not only be a frustrating and time-consuming process (games cannot be released without compliance certification), it can also be hugely draining on a game’s budget as well as detrimental to its release and overall success.
Though crucial, the compliance process need not be a source of stress for you or your teams. Our QA teams are industry experts in the language of compliance and platform terminology and can advise and take action as required to ensure your games meet all console compliance requirements – regardless of platform. They ensure all potential issues are identified, reported, and fixed, so all you need to see to is making the best game possible!
Our testers are fully trained and qualified and utilize cutting-edge tools and technology to ensure that your game uses only the most up-to-date console terminology and adheres to all imposed manufacturer standards, giving you the peace of mind that your game will pass certification the first time, every time. We provide our testers with full console terminology lists and current standards to ensure maximum accuracy. Each new project is cleared by our certification department, a watchdog for quality assurance and to-the-minute updates in industry compliance processes. They work hand-in-hand with your development team at every stage of the process, from early development to post-release and updates, to keep you informed and involved in your games’ compliance journey. Our comprehensive regression testing process also allows our teams to assess updates or new additions without affecting existing game content. This gives you and your team a more complete overview of the status of your project.
As a leading expert in localization, we also offer full console compliance testing in any language combination. Through this, we can ensure your games’ smooth release across on any console and in any region.
We offer compliance testing across all platforms (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch). Teams can be fully scaled to fit project sizes and deadlines, ensuring your comprehensive tests come in on time and on budget. To guarantee the upmost privacy for your intellectual property, our teams operate from our high-security testing facility at our headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Our testing facility is always subject to your approval and additional security measures can be provided upon request.
Cecilia Pan, Lilith Games