After receiving a Game Awards accolade for ‘Innovation in Accessibility’ back in December, sign language for story cutscenes are soon to arrive in Forza Horizon 5.
Part of the Series 5 update, launching 1st March 2022, players will now be able to select in-game, native, sign language for both American English and British English.
“We started thinking about accessibility very early. As we were developing the game, from the start we were always thinking ‘how are we making this inclusive?’ and ‘how is this going to be accessible from the bottom up?’,” explained Madeleine Tate, Producer for the sign language in the open-world racer.
“We’ve had a lot of guidelines, obviously a lot of best practices, we talked to consultants, but really nothing has been as helpful as getting someone from the community in the studio with a controller in their hands and giving us their direct feedback.”
The option is within the game’s settings and includes several different background colour varients and on-screen positioning options. It will apply to all cinematic sections, circa 150 in total.
There’s no word if this feature will expand beyond ASL and BSL in the future.