I've been a huge fan of Supergiant for years, but this is SO disappointing.

Would they let the community "bolster" their writing? Their music? Their coding? Their animation? No?

Then don't do it for translation. Good translation is not easy. Hire pros and pay them.
I'm not against community translation when done right.

But most of what I see is exploitation of eager fans who are amateurs at best, and the end result is everyone loses.

Pay your translators. They don't need to be veterans. But they need proper pay and working conditions.
Also I constantly see this idea peddled that amateur fans do better than pro translators because the fans are "more passionate".

Do amateur fans do better writing, music, coding, or animation because they're more passionate?

Do your other pro employees do worse work for money?
If you screen all your other employees to ensure you're hiring skilled workers who will live up to your exacting standards... why are you skimping on translation?

Because free-but-crap translation reflects just as poorly on your product as free-but-crap anything else would.
P.S. Hey, Supergiant, "sorry you feel that way" is not an apology, it's passive-aggressive avoidance, and there's a reason so many people are even more mad about your response as a whole. :(
If you have info re: any other poor Hades translations, please let me know and I'll add them here in due course. (please forgive delays due to chronic illness, need for sleep, etc! 😅)

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