Resident Evil Village will receive a free accessibility update in October, just over a year after it originally launched in May 2021. The announcement comes from the official account which detailed that the update will arrive alongside the game’s upcoming Winters’ Expansion and a Gold Edition later this year.
Specifically, the tweet highlights that players can expect to see size, color, and background options added for subtitles as well as the addition of speaker names for those playing in story mode. Closed captions are also said to be added and there’s a new option for adding a permanent reticle.
Resident Evil Village did not do well for accessibility when it initially launched. Our accessibility review of the survival horror title found it to be “an inaccessible mess.” Subtitles lacked background and often blended into brighter areas of the scene making it hard to follow the dialogue. There were other areas of frustration that posed to be barriers to other players.
The lack of accessibility saw news outlets cover our review which prompted a response from Capcom to TheGamer after it reached out for comment. The response stated that the concerns raised were “under consideration,” and that possible implementation would be “soon.”
More information about what other features may be tucked away in the upcoming update isn’t yet known. Usually, we find features such as Field of View and UI changes to be improved but not actually a part of the accessibility announcements. We’ll likely hear more about what the changes are closer to October when the update drops.
One thing that’s clear, if you were feeling motion sick, or struggling to follow the dialogue and take in the world around you, it looks like you may finally be able to enjoy the game.