Hearthstone Voyage to the Sunken City trailer has audio description

Ben Bayliss2 minute read

A new Hearthstone cinematic trailer for the upcoming Voyage to the Sunken City expansion is also available with audio description.

Blizzard’s first audio described trailer has been published and it’s for a new Hearthstone expansion coming next month. As noted by senior UX researcher Nikki Crenshaw, the game has seen “a lot” of new fans joining the community since Hearthstone Access, a mod that makes the game accessible for players who use screen-readers, launched last year.

The trailer teases the lore behind the upcoming expansion for the free-to-play digital card game by Blizzard and will find players searching for powerful sunken treasures, sea monsters, and discovering a lost ancient city.

Watch #AudioDescription Voyage to the Sunken City Cinematic Trailer on YouTube

Hearthstone features lead Chadd Nervig, detailed on Twitter that improving Hearthstone’s accessibility is a goal that the team “is actively working on.” Activision Blizzard has been implementing accessibility into its games with an update to World of Warcraft last year that saw text-to-speech implemented for messages. The same featrue was implemented into Diablo 2: Resurrected along with other improvements to the remaster.

For audio description, YouTube looks to be rolling out a multi-audio track feature that was previously first used by Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. The feature will allow the creator to upload multiple audio tracks for a single trailer, in this example, having an audio described audio track available on a main trailer.

Hearthstone is available on PC with Voyage to the Sunken City being available on April 12, 2022.

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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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