At last June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Turtle Rock Studio’s Evolve …
Batman Arkham Knight is the latest game from Rock Steady that promises to bring the quintessential superhero experience to new gen hardware. The game takes full advantage of the new technology, with beautifully realized graphics and a massively sprawling world that dwarfs any of the previous installments of the Batman games. However, from the standpoint of accessibility, certain gamers will be completely excluded from the experience.
There was not much to cover from the Square Enix press conference. Not because it was sparse on content, but because the content that they showed did not communicate any vital information about accessibility. The three games that are possible to analyze, however all seemed to offer very flexible experiences that will probably be accessible to a large portion of disabled gamers.
Sony wrapped up yesterday’s press conferences with an hour and a half long expo of the upcoming games for the PS4. A good majority of this year’s press conference seemed devoted to the idea of giving fans exactly what they want. Sony went on to demonstrate the technical prowess of their games, but from the standpoint of accessibility, is there anything that disabled gamers with Sony hardware can look forward to it?
Ubisoft gave the best press conference I can remember them giving since I started covering E3 in 2012. Rather than focusing on gimmicks, the conference seemed mostly focused on demonstrating actual gameplay of upcoming games even though there was still an awkwardly timed celebrity cameo that left most in the audience scratching their heads. As a result, there are a few upcoming games we can analyze for accessibility because of the good job Ubisoft did at this year’s press conference.
When EA’s press conference concluded some viewers might be focusing on the unfortunate choice to spend too much time talking about their sports game lineup, the Electronic Arts media briefing did give disabled gamers some valuable information. The firsts game EA covered was the new Mass Effect, however, all we got was a name, so there is little we can say for certain about Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Last night marked the beginning of E3 and Nintendo kicked it off with the 2015 Nintendo World Championships. The second round of elimination tasked competitors with playing the newly unveiled game, Blast Ball, for 3DS. From what we saw, the game looks like 3-on-3 soccer, where players pilot Mechs, and try to get a large ball into an ever shrinking goal by blasting it with laser cannons.
The Escapists is one of the newest blockbuster indie titles being highlighted on Steam. This game tasks players with escaping various prisons using their wits and cunning to outwit the prison guards. From the standpoint of accessibility, the Escapists is completely accessible for some gamers with impairments, while completely exclusive to others.