Diablo 4 Accessibility features revealed by Blizzard

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    With franchise fans eagerly counting down the days before the release of Blizzard’s long-awaited Diablo 4, the developer has revealed additional details regarding the game’s extensive accessibility options. Blizzard has made efforts to make the game as accessible as possible, and when Diablo 4 launches on June 6, players will be able to select from dozens of different accessibility features designed to ensure that gamers with disabilities can enjoy the action RPG with ease.

    Diablo 4 was revealed at BlizzCon 2019 as the latest installment in Blizzard’s long-running action-RPG brand. Diablo 4 has a significantly darker tone and a visual design far more akin to Diablo 2 than the more cartoonish World of Warcraft-inspired look of Diablo 3, prompting many long-time Blizzard fans to see the imminent release as a return to form for the brand.

    The upcoming Diablo 4 is set three decades after the events of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and charges players with saving the world from encroaching darkness following the reappearance of the demon Lilith.

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    The Diablo 4 developers have published fresh details regarding the vast range of accessibility options players will have access to in the game in a lengthy press post from Blizzard posted on the company’s website.

    Many developers have increased their focus in recent years on including such features in their games to ensure that players of all abilities can enjoy them, with the accessibility features in 2022’s God of War: Ragnarok being praised by many as setting a new bar for the industry. According to Blizzard’s website, Diablo 4 will contain over 50 different accessibility features aimed to assist gamers who struggle with everything from dexterity to vision.

    Working under the premise that the only limitation to adventuring in Sanctuary should be interesting, not capability, lead accessibility designer Drew McCrory and his team set out to guarantee that Diablo 4’s accessibility features provided a fair playing field for players with disabilities.

    This is evident in the game’s robust dexterity aid, which allows players on both PC and consoles to remap every single input in the game and switch abilities needing a long button press to a toggle instead. Diablo 4 also has some features aimed at assisting players with visual issues, including audio cues that play when gamers hover their cursor over dropped items and color-customizable highlighting of characters and objects.

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    Diablo 4 will be available June 6 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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