The Spyro Reignited Trilogy is lighting up the sales charts. But despite its strong performance in what is its launch week, there is a proportion of the gaming community who feel forgotten by the development team. And rightly so.
You see, the trilogy is somewhat lacking in the subtitle department. Although the speech of numerous NPCs is displayed upon our screens, the cutscenes are actually left blank. With there being no option to turn on such assistive features, players who are hard of hearing are questioning why they were ignored during its production. And Activision’s response is far from satisfying.
In a reply to Gamepitt, the gaming stalwart placed the blame firmly on a lack of industry standards with regards to such inclusive measures, along with the monumental task that faced Toys For Bob. It read,
“When Toys For Bob set out to make an awesome game collection, there were certain decisions that needed to be made throughout the process. The team remained committed to keep the integrity and legacy of Spyro that fans remembered intact. The game was built from the ground up using a new engine for the team (Unreal 4), and was localized in languages that had not previously been attempted by the studio. While there’s no industry standard for subtitles, the studio and Activision care about the fans’ experience especially with respect to accessibility for people with different abilities, and will evaluate going forward.”
Now we understand that, at times, certain things can be overlooked. These are big and complex projects, after all. However, it’s hard to understand how such an important feature can be left out when it enjoys an almost customary place in all games today. And put to use by many players, for numerous reasons – medical or otherwise.
The reply from Activision doesn’t actively suggest that they intend on righting the issue; you could be forgiven for thinking their tone would have been one of progress and productivity rather than excuses and feet dragging. We hope it’s rectified as soon as possible, as no minority or majority should be excluded from enjoying a pastime. But we can’t say it definitely will, at least in the near future.
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