This week’s chart topper, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, has upset people as subtitles are not available during the cut scenes. There are subtitles when talking to NPC’s during the game but the are noticeably absent elsewhere, meaning deaf gamers cannot follow the story.
Activision have released a statement which seems to suggest that keeping “the integrity and legacy of Spyro” intact was more important than accessibility, which seems rather odd.
When Toys For Bob set out to make an awesome game collection, there were certain decisions that needed to be made throughout the process. The team remained committed to keep the integrity and legacy of Spyro that fans remembered intact.
The game was built from the ground up using a new engine for the team (Unreal 4), and was localized in languages that had not previously been attempted by the studio.
While there’s no industry standard for subtitles, the studio and Activision care about the fans’ experience especially with respect to accessibility for people with different abilities, and will evaluate going forward.
A number of deaf gamers have criticised the move and the story has been picked up by the BBC.