first year Accessibility Summer Showcase It just aired, revealing various accessibility options and design practices across 15 upcoming and current titles. Created by accessibility consultant Laura Kate Dale, this showcase is the first to focus exclusively on experiences for people with disabilities.
Games like Bossgame: The Final Boss Is My Heart, Sniper Elite 5, Upheaval, BLINNK and the Vacuum of Space are just a few of the exciting and accessible examples covered here.
boss rush and romance
Bossgame: The Final Boss Is My Heart (Watch the segment here)Developed by Lily Valleen, it explores the relationship between “two broken girlfriends who hunt demons to pay their rent.” Beyond rhythm-based gameplay, the story revolves around Sophie and Anna’s relationship building and explores the mystery behind Mammon City.
For players with disabilities, settings such as “Auto Block”, “Invulnerability”, and the ability to modify the player’s attack damage and energy recovery will improve reaction times and energy levels for physically and cognitively impaired players. Reduced. Plus, the options don’t detract from the overall story or theme. Even people with disabilities can relate well to Sophie and Anna.
Bossgame: The Final Boss Is My Heart is available now on Android and iOS, with a PC release planned for this month.
Nazi sniping has never been easier
Karl Fairbairn returns for the fifth installment of Sniper Elite (Watch the segment here), developed by Rebellion. This entry tasks Fairbairn with learning more about project his Kraken while doing what he does best: sniping Nazis.
Sniper Elite 5 is the most accessible entry in the series, with options to customize subtitle size, color and opacity. Players with physical disabilities can also change the controls, enable aim assist, and turn off friendly fire to change the difficulty. Since its release, Rebellion has also implemented new settings such as toggling important mechanics such as auto-move, movement, and aiming. Developers encourage feedback from the disability community through various channels such as Discord and social media.
Sniper Elite 5 is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC
A turbulent adventure with accessible text
Developed by Alex Leone, Upheaval (Watch the segment here) is described as a text-based open-world adventure game in which players must collect magical artifacts within 30 game days to stop an evil sorceress.
Accessibility was very important during the development of Upheaval, and design techniques such as turn-based gameplay allowed players with disabilities to rest between actions. Combine this with dedicated mouse and keyboard gameplay to eliminate the need for players with physical disabilities to use specific inputs. Upheaval allows full text-to-speech descriptions of the graphics required for the story, in addition to screen his reader support, for the visually impaired.
Upheaval will be available on PC.
Accessibility to VR space
BLINNK and the vacuum universe (Watch the segment here) assigns individuals the task of vacuuming in space. Developed by Changingday, the game expects you to clean up the alien mess and capture the creatures with the Vacuummizer 5000.
BLINNK and vacuum spaces are inherently designed to be a relaxing and stress-free experience. This game was intentionally created to create as few barriers as possible for players with autism. There is no time limit, no failures, no options to skip tasks or replay missions. Some designs allow players to press a button on their smartwatch to seamlessly leave and rejoin the game if they feel overstimulated.
BLINNK and the Vacuum of Space is now available on PC.