Developer Respawn Entertainment is being mindful of Apex Legends‘ accessibility options, and the studio is now looking to further improve the game’s accessibility for colorblind players.
A Respawn designer named Chad Armstrong tweeted a request to Apex Legends players regarding the issue. Armstrong led with confirmation that the studio “recently changed armor to support colorblind modes,” but acknowledged that Respawn still has a lot of work to do to ensure all colorblind Apex Legends players are on equal footing. As such, Armstrong asked for more feedback.
Hey, colorblind Apex players!
We recently changed armor to support colorblind modes. However, it sounds like for some of you this change has made things worse.
I’m hoping to fix that, but to do that I need hear a description of what you’re experiencing! Help me help you!
— Chad Armstrong (@ShishkaTweets) December 19, 2019
In a separate tweet, Armstrong called for specific colorblind experiences in Apex Legends. Armstrong also wants the community to describe their exact kind of colorblindness, as this will, according to him, “help a ton.” He apologized on behalf of Respawn and said he hopes to rectify the problem.
Community responses thus far have been both tempered and helpful, with many describing their specific level of colorblindness, what hurts them (or their gameplay experience), and how the studio could improve. The Apex Legends subreddit is bristling with recommendations from increasing the contrast between blue and purple to choose colors in the UI in a similar fashion to Overwatch.
Respawn has been tinkering with Apex Legends’ accessibility options since the battle royale launched on February 4, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. We praised the game in our initial review for how impressively accessible it is, and several patches since launch have only furthered the game’s accessibility.
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