In the past weeks we’ve seen some accessibility updates making their way to World of Warcraft and League of Legends. From audio accessibility to improvements to controls, lets take a look.
League of Legends Champion sound notifications
First we have League of Legends, which included a new accessibility feature in their most recent patch (September 27th). Aside from a lot of balancing changes, patch 13.19 also includes Champion Sound Notifications. This new feature is located in League of Legends’ interface menu, in a new accessibility section. The feature enables visual notifications of global sound effects, such as ultimates. If for any reason players have difficulty hearing the sound effects, this allows them to still know what’s happening. It may benefit others as well by providing a second way of communicating this information. The notifications appear in a similar way to kill callouts, on the right side of the screen.
Another update mentioned in the patch notes for 13.19 are ping adjustments. While mainly intended to cut down on ping spam to allies, it might have accessibility benefits as well. It now only shows allied information to the pinging player, and not others in chat. For some players, limiting the pings in chat can reduce the cognitive load of keeping up with chat.
World of Warcraft dragonriding
World of Warcraft’s Guardians of the Dream PTR build of September 20th introduced settings improving players’ keyboard controlled dragonriding experience. A pitch control setting makes the move forward and backward controls also pitch up and down (or inverted) while dragonriding. Limiting the controls needed makes it easier for players with limited mobility. Other options are available to customize the pitch and turn speeds as well.
Players can find the settings in a new Mounts section of the Accessibility options in World of Warcraft. Previously released options for motion sickness and speed effects are also in this new section. PTR (Public Test Realm) allows players to test out new features before they are released to the public.
Let us know if you notice accessibility updates, like these in World of Warcraft and League of Legends. Or perhaps you are working on a new feature yourself that you would like us to cover. You can tag us on social media such as X / Twitter and BlueSky, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.