The world’s most popular MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game) ‘World of Warcraft (WoW)’ wants to be accessible to users with disabilities. In order to accommodate a wide range of users, developer Blizzard has made measures to make it accessible to all.
According to BBC, Blizzard is “adding three sets of color-blind filters, and users will be able to fine tune the mode to take account of their particular visual issues.” Patch 6.1 of the game will be able to implement the color-blind filters which will “include text enhancements to help identify particular weapons.”
According to Battle.net, there will be “three sets of colorblind filters to choose from: protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia.” These will be created to assist players who show symptoms of one of the three dichromacy and also good for players with one the three anomaloud trichomacy such as protanomaly, deuteranomaly, and tritanomaly.
The way it works is by the use of a dropdown selector that has its individual ‘strength’ slider. By moving the slider more towards the right, the game should be able to get rid of “potentially problematic wavelengths of color for each type.”
The patch is going through testing at present before it is released for subscribers to download. Hopefully it will allow ‘World of Warcraft’ to become more accessible for players with the condition.
‘World of Warcraft’ is continuing the trend to make games accessible to color-blind gamers. According to Gamespot, previous games that also have implemented such features include ‘Starcraft II’, ‘Borderlands 2’, and ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’.