Forza Horizon 5 will soon get support for the sign language through a free update incoming, thus allowing those who know the language in question to be able to follow the narrative elements, the dialogues and the indications through this new channel.
The update is scheduled forMarch 1, 2022, that is, tomorrow, and it will happen through a free patch to Forza Horizon 5. Through this introduction, support for American Sign Language (ASL) and British Sign Language (BSL) will be included in the game, during the cutscenes. The system includes short videos in which actors suffering from deafness or hearing impairments communicate through sign language what is said during the scenes of the game.
Obviously, since the language in question provides for the vision of a person framed half-length, so that you can clearly see the signs made, it is not a simple dynamic to implement in every moment of the game, therefore it should be inserted in the moments of detachment, when the shot switches to the “third person” for underline some narrative passages.
As reported by Michael Anthony, a software engineer suffering from deafness since childhood, “there are some narrative elements that we lose by following exclusively the subtitles”, so this new solution should ensure a more complete understanding of the story within Forza Horizon 5 Obviously we are not dealing with a game that makes storytelling its main intent, but this could represent the beginning of a new integration in terms of accessibility to video games for a large community.
Forza Horizon 5 already stands out, however, for a good amount of options in terms of accessibility that guarantee a large number of players to be able to play without losing too much of the original experience.