The PC port of God of War is coming on Friday, and it’s a good bet: In our review, staff writer Morgan Park praised its DLSS support for making frame rates well above 60 fps. For God of War developers, the PC port is an opportunity to add ultra-broad support and implement some settings on the PlayStation 4, but it’s also an opportunity to rethink how they handle accessibility when building the game .
“It does lay some groundwork for the back end,” said Mila Pavlin, head of UX and accessibility. “Many accessibility features require you to change the way you create content. [The PC port] Let’s revisit how we actually build some low-level code. “
For the PC version of God of War, the developers wanted to fix the sprint problem, which had to hit the joystick (aka the L3 button) on the controller. “A lot of players find this button particularly difficult to use,” Pavlin said. For players with tired muscles, the pounding required to press the thumbstick can be a hindrance, so the Santa Monica studio built an auto-sprint feature into the new PC version. You can set a threshold for how long you have to hold down a direction before Kratos automatically starts sprinting.
Pavlin mentions that PC customizability and support for a variety of controllers naturally opens the door for more accessibility options, but those benefits can also indirectly carry over to Santa Monica’s next game on PS5: God of War Ragnarok. Revisiting the 2018 code gives developers the opportunity to build a “more accessible framework” for their next game.
“Dealing with things like keyboard remapping allows us to really understand the overall functionality of that pipeline and move that forward through all of our SMS products,” Pavlin said. “So this will help us build a better foundation for future products.”
Matt DeWald, Senior Technical Producer, added: “PC is just a small part of what we want to do for accessibility. It’s something we can easily do without going back and re-creating content. But in Mila’s view, it’s possible to Accessibility for “
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