Dead Space Remake accessibility features are important to Motive Studios

Ben Bayliss2 minute read

The upcoming Dead Space Remake has been confirmed to include accessibility features.

As spotted by Ian Hamilton, In an interview with IGN Dead Space Remake will feature accessibility features. Speaking to creative director Roman Campos-Oriola, they said that Motive Studios is staying faithful to the original game and that “visuals, sound, gameplay, everything,” are being entirely rebuilt.

Campos-Oriola also revealed that “Something that is also really important for us that was not there 12 years ago… is all those options or different ways to play the game if you need it.” They added, “All those elements of accessibility will definitely be something important for us in terms of opening the Dead Space experience to a broader set of people that didn’t necessarily have the opportunity or could play the game when it came out”.

Dead Space Remake having modern accessibility features will certainly be a welcome addition, and it sounds like accessibility has been in mind from the start seeing as development is still early on. Thanks to new-gen consoles PS5 and Xbox Series X|S having fancy hardware, the game is looking to run well, but will also make use of 3D Audio which could be good for some disabled players.

“We wanted to use the sounds you’re used to as well and improve those sounds, and improve this immersion,” senior producer Philippe Ducharme said, “so the sounds of the door that you’re hearing, the sound of the health bar, the sound of the creatures… we’re building on top of the original and recreating it, but [we] make sure it is true to the original and that we are honoring the legacy of the original game,”

They also said “3D audio [will also add the] understanding of where the sound comes from, having the right propagation, in the corridors, making it come from the vents above you, or behind you. These are all things that we’ll be able to expand on to increase the level of immersion.” Hopefully the accessibility features will also help players who cannot rely on sound to instead rely on visuals for understanding where sounds are coming from.

Dead Space Remake is slated to launch for PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC although no official release date has been revealed.

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Ben is the one in charge of keeping the content cogs at Can I Play That? turning. Deafness means that he has a focus on discussing captions, but with experience in consultancy and advocacy, he covers what bases he can. Having written about accessibility in video games at DualShockers, GamesRadar+, GamesIndustry.biz, Wireframe, and more he continues his advocacy at CIPT. He was actually awarded a Good Games Writing award for an article he wrote here! He enjoys a range of games, but anything that’s open-world and with a photo mode will probably be his cup of tea. You can get in touch with him at: ben@caniplaythat.com

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