“We have and will continue to discuss and collaborate with other developers and studios […]”
Putting all of the elements such as gameplay and store aside, The Last of Us Part 2 from Naughty Dog has been getting a lot of praise for how many accessibility features it included. There are over 60 features, which is the most for a AAA game and also the features available have been intuitive enough that blind players of varying spectrums can play and complete the entire game. Now, it seems as if the studio wants to help other studios.
In an interview with Can I Play That, Matthew Gallant, Lead Systems Designer at Naughty Dog said, “Knowledge sharing is critical to the advancement of accessibility support across the games industry,” he added, “We have and will continue to discuss and collaborate with other developers and studios who are also striving to provide better accessibility features for players.”
In addition, co-lead Game Designer Emilia Schatz hopes that “Naughty Dog’s investment in accessibility saves that guesswork for other developers, allowing them the development time to include and even improve on these features for their own games.”
The rest of the interview looks at how the team at Naughty Dog implemented accessibility features early on, how the features “required a studio-wide effort to make sure they worked consistently across every level in the game,” and how they can carry over the existing features to future titles. Emila also said, “As creators advancing games as a way of telling stories, it’s incumbent on us to also remedy the ways our medium falls short. Games should be for everyone.”
Hopefully, the sheer scale of accessibility options in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 will mean that future first-party titles from Sony will follow suit and inspire other studios. It’s certainly great to see that the team are, and have collaborated with studios before to ensure other games are accessible.
The Last of Us Part 2 has become Sony’s fastest-selling PS4 title ever with over 4 million copies sold in its first week. If you’re interested in finding out what we thought about the game, you can check out our review here.
The Last of Us Part 2 is available now exclusively for PS4.