Last month Marvel’s Avengers launched with an already impressive array of accessibility features! There’s combat camera recovery to help those with motion sickness, button press customization, color coded subtitles, remappable controls, and talk-to-text chat support on consoles. There’s even a wheelchair-bound NPC character with mo-cap from real-life accessibility advocate Cherry Thompson. Most recently, Square Enix has announced they would be adding more accessibility features in a soon to be released update. Some new options include being able to change the size of the subtitles and customization options that could help players with cognitive disorders.
Overcooked! All You Can Eat
Speaking of improving accessibility, Overcooked! All You Can Eat looks to be full of accessible content when it releases on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year. It’s basically a remaster of Overcooked! and Overcooked! 2 with all of the currently released DLC included. You can have your own playable disabled Chef avatar if you’d like, and there’s also many new accessibility options in the game. You can now select dyslexia-friendly text, colorblind options like the different chefs being signified by shape as well as color, the option to customize the HUD, and an Assist Mode which gives you more time to create recipes and a higher score. Overcooked! All You Can Eat looks like the cooking game fans will remember, and it will undoubtedly be a more accessible experience this time around.
Control is the newest adrenaline pumping action thriller developed by Remedy, but many gamers were ironically frustrated by the lack of control when the game was released. Thankfully, this is changing with the latest expansion Control: AWE. Disabled gamers with fine-motor impairments now have an assist mode which lowers damage, increases reload time, and even adds an invincibility option to the main character. The developers also promise to rebalance combat with this latest update and improve the checkpoint system by adding more, especially near big boss fights. Control: AWE is an expansion that will continue the main story and hopefully make the game more accessible for all gamers!