The developers who have worked for Forza Horizon 5 are planning to put sign language interpreters who would be in a picture-in-picture display during the cutscenes of the game. This feature will not be available during the worldwide release of the game (expected to release on November 9), but the creative director of Playground Games, Mike Brown, has written in an Xbox Wire blog post that this feature will be “coming soon”, reports The Verge.
Brown wrote, “We’re constantly listening to the community to make Forza Horizon 5 an inclusive experience for everyone to enjoy, with this in mind, the team is excited to share we are also working on American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) support for cinematics in Forza Horizon 5.”
Forza Horizon 5 will have a number of other accessibility features that are expected to be available at the launch. It includes a setting that will allow modifying the game speed to play at slower speeds while playing offline, a higher contrast mode, a colour blindness mode, subtitles that can be customised, a screen reader narrator for reading out the text, the ability to disable moving backgrounds along with buttons and other elements.
Brown also wrote, “We want everyone in the world to be able to experience our game, and with more than an estimated 400 million gamers with disabilities across the globe, it is vital that all players be able to tailor their gameplay in a way that works best for them.”
Forza Horizon 5 is expected to be launched on November 9 on Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, and PC. Those who have the Premium Edition or Premium Add-Ons Bundle can get access to the game from November 5.