Maarten D. de Jong
But maybe the new version is language independent?...
Definitely not. There's loads of text on the cards and the boards.
As for any doubts whether the rules have changed: game-technically, NOTHING of the base game has changed. The only differences are the improved artwork, and a slight change in the coin denominations. In other words, leave out the expansions and the 2-player rule variant, and you're left with the original game.