Disco Elysium The Final Cut PC accessibility update implements dyslexic fonts

Ben Bayliss2 minute read

If you’re planning on jumping into the text-heavy world of Disco Elysium anytime soon, you’ll be greeted by a new accessibility update that has gone live on PC. The update itself introduces three new fonts in a bid to make Disco Elysium accessible for those with dyslexia.

The OpenDyslexic typeface can be used across the game’s “over a million words” for “the majority” of in-game languages. However, if you’re playing the game in Korean, the game will make use of the Nanum Square Round typeface while Adys typeface will be used for those playing in Russain.

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It is noted that for those who may be playing the game in Chinese languages then these aren’t included. There’s also no clarification as to whether these fonts will be ported to other platforms, but that could be a whole other technical hurdle.

Disco Elysium originally launched in 2019 and then the titled update The Final Cut was released in 2021. We published an accessibility review on Disco Elysium The Final Cut at the time of its release and praised it for its “brilliant writing.” Despite this, we noted the text size suffered on console ports due to being illegible.

This concern was echoed by the community to the point developer ZA/UM took note and issued an update later in 2021. That update was released on PC and allowed players to increase the size of the font as well as make the UI bigger and cleaner to look at.

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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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