Accessibility Features of “Forza Horizon 5” Include Post-Launch Sign Language Support



A few days before the launch of “Forza Horizon 5”, developer Playground Games reached out to the community of disabled gamers to detail the accessibility features of upcoming games. In addition to the subtitles available at launch, the studio announced that it is working on adding support for American and British Sign Language in a later update.

“Forza Horizon 5” Creative Director Mike Brown discussed accessibility features that will be available at launch in a recent blog post on Xbox Wire. As the game launches with a wide array of these features this week, Brown confirmed that they plan to add more, including support for American Sign Language and British Sign Language.

“This feature will include a picture-in-picture display near the bottom of the screen of an ASL / BSL performer during in-game cutscenes,” Brown wrote. Players can activate the onscreen ASL and BSL interpreter during the “Forza Horizon 5” movie scenes.

Brown did not provide a specific release date for ASL and BSL support. But the creative director of “Forza Horizon 5” said it will be “soon”. Players can also find an overview of this feature in a video on the Forza YouTube channel.

While fans will still have to wait for ASL and BSL support, “Forza Horizon 5” is expected to launch with a wide array of accessibility features. There will be a game speed change setting for offline games, which should also be useful for players who have not yet played a “Forza” game. There will be a High Contrast mode which will allow players to adjust colors to make texts and menu buttons more visible. At launch, players will also have access to color blind mode with separate settings to adjust the colors of the user interface and game visuals.

Before the onscreen ASL and BSL interpreter is added to the game, “Forza Horizon 5” will also support subtitles with several customization options. Players can turn this feature on or off, adjust the font size, adjust the opacity of the text background, and highlight keywords. There is also an option to customize the menu and size of in-game fonts throughout the game.

Players can also use a screen reader narrator which will dictate the text and buttons. Voice chat will also support text-to-speech and text-to-speech options. There is also an option to turn off moving backgrounds. “Forza Horizon 5” will be released on Tuesday, November 9 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S with day one availability on Xbox Game Pass.



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