Wednesday, March 02, 2022
Microsoft has announced that Forza Horizon 5 now has sign language support for its cutscenes, following a free update.
The update sees Forza Horizon 5 offer both American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) support for its in-game cinematics. When turned on, players will see actors from the deaf and hard-of-hearing community signing in the story beats and dialogue in between driving sections
This update is only a small part of developer Playground Games' focus on accessibility with Forza Horizon 5. A few years back, the studio hosted an inclusive workshop, allowing the developers to learn from people within the disabled community.
“We got to talk to them and understand what it is that they struggled with in-game,” says producer Tarnya Smith. “For me it was quite an eye opener. We learned that although we think subtitles are great and help everyone, they actually aren’t that helpful for people who are deaf or hard of hearing who rely on signing. It was a big wake up call for us.”
Playground Games has also committed to improving accessibility in its games going forward.
"I think it’s easy to come through the development of a game like this and start to think that maybe you’re an expert in the field of accessibility,” says Forza Horizon 5 creative director Mike Brown. “I think that we have to have real humility and the ability to keep going, asking questions and trying to be better.”
You can find out more about the game's sign language support in the video below.
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