Playground Games reveals Forza Horizon 5 accessibility menu

Ben Bayliss2 minute read

Playground Games has officially revealed the Forza Horizon 5 accessibility menu that will be available at launch.

Forza Horizon 5 is Playground Games’ upcoming arcade racing simulation hybrid and in an Xbox Wire post, by Mike Brown, creative director of Forza Horizon 5, the accessibility menu is officially revealed along with a video walking viewers through what’s available. There are a number of new features included since the previous game, and the post also details the studio’s dedication to accessibility. We also had a chance to sit down and discuss the game’s accessibility.

Some of the key points from the news post are how the studio worked with the disabled community, Xbox, and used the Xbox Accessibility Guidelines to implement accessibility features into the game. The mention that ASL and BSL interpreters are coming to the game and some other new features such as Game Speed and High Contrast Mode.

“From the very beginning of development of Forza Horizon 5, we made it a priority to incorporate accessibility features.” the post reads, “Many of the accessibility features found in the game were created in partnership with players from the Gaming & Disability community, many of whom shared their experiences and the barriers they faced in gaming with us.”

The video shows everything players can expect to see at launch, including subtitle options, game speed, text size increase, screen reader support, and more. Our menu deep dive looks into these features some more, as does our accessibility review.

The post also details an upcoming ASL/BSL interpreter that will appear only during cinematics. This feature will be heading to Forza Horizon 5 post-launch and will show the interpreter at the bottom of the screen. The post highlights that “we’re constantly listening to the community to make Forza Horizon 5 an inclusive experience for everyone to enjoy.” There are also prosthetic limbs for avatars and pronouns available in the game as revealed earlier this year.

Forza Horizon 5 launches on November 9 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X.

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Ben
BaylissEditor-in-ChiefHe/Him

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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