Metro Exodus Developer Added Incredibly Detailed Captions Following Feedback Last Year

Metro Exodus added captions that are also incredibly detailed after an update that seems to have gone unnoticed was added last year.

While this might be months late to the party, it’s still news that’s worth sharing for the purposes of accessibility. Metro Exodus launched back in 2019 and a review on Can I Play That? a website that focuses on accessibility in video games, resulted in 4A Games making changes to the accessibility features in an incredibly detailed way.

Courtney Craven, co-founder, and editor-in-chief of Can I Play That? had reviewed the game at launch, but noticed last week that there appeared to be impressive changes implemented since the review was posted.

Originally the game allowed speaker names to be shown, backgrounds on subtitles, subtitle sizes, and quick-time event control options, Players can now choose to have the option to turn tinnitus sounds off, and a ‘Subtitles for the hearing impaired’ option which offers detailed captions.

The detailed captions seem to offer incredible information for the player, resulting in telling the player what entity is making a sound, the direction it is in (in military form), and how far away it is. Below is an example of the captions in action. The top captions indicate the creature currently ripping into Courtney’s face, the below indicates there’s another creature nearby slightly to their right.

According to Huw Beynon, director at Deep Silver, the changes were implemented into the game through the Two Colonels patch that went live in August 2019 after reading the website’s review on the accessibility features.

Can I Play That? often updates their reviews based on updates, and after stumbling across the changes made to the game last year, the review has been updated to a perfect score for deaf accessibility. Huw Beynon tweeted that 4A Games added the features to address the concerns raised in the review, and that adding the features matter.

Personally, Beynon is right, these features do matter. I’m deaf myself and captions going this in-depth are fantastic to see. I do have a small irritation that these features were only added post-launch, but the fact they’ve been added at all, and with such detail is enough for me to forgive and forget.

Metro Exodus is available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A new Sam’s Story DLC arrived last week.

Ben Bayliss

Based in the UK and adores venturing through FPS horrors and taking photos in pretty much anything with a functioning photo mode. Also likes car games.

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