Chicory: A Colorful Tale Colorblind Accessibility
Can a game about colors be accessible to colorblind players? The answer seems to be yes, and it might be easier than you think. Chicory is an upcoming RPG where painting plays a significant role in its gameplay. However, the developers are insisting that choosing a color to paint with will be a solely aesthetic choice. Lead designer Greg Lobanov has said that players won’t need to know the difference between any color in order to solve a puzzle or go anywhere in the game. Colorblind accessibility appears to have been on the developers mind from the beginning, as it’s reported that almost half of the QA testers had some form of colorblindness. Chicory: A Colorful Tale will be heading to PC and PlayStation consoles sometime later this year.
Roblox Accessibility Guidelines
For those unfamiliar with the brand, Roblox is an online game and game creation tool developed 20 years ago to allow users to program and play games they’ve created. Recently, the company released specific guidelines teaching players the basics of accessible design. The guidelines mainly focus on accessibility for those with visual impairments, such as enlarged text, readable fonts, and the use of high-contrast colors. I personally love their use of visual examples, which give players a different perspective from a disabled person’s point of view specifically. It’s amazing to see this company give players the building blocks they need to make their own accessible content! You can check out the entire list of Roblox guidelines on their website via the link provided above.
Soup Pot Accessibility
Soup Pot may be the most accessible cooking game to date! Developed by Chikon Club (a small indie company in Southeast Asia), Soup Pot is a chaotic cooking game coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X later this year. The developers have said that they want to give players more freedom to play how they want, including different cooking styles and accessibility options. One example of this is how one of the designers leant their unique perspective to help those like them with dyslexia. Not only will text be designed to accommodate those with visual impairments, but cooking ingredients will even shout their own name in order to help identify them. It looks like Soup Pot will be taking a unique approach with its accessibility, and I can’t wait to see how those options will work in practice.