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Mortal Kombat 1

WB Games Reveals All Mortal Kombat 1’s Accessibility Options

With the game just under a week away, WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have detailed all of Mortal Kombat 1’s accessibility options. And, as it turns out, they’re pleasingly extensive. Admittedly, we’re not in a position to need most of these ourselves, so we can’t speak from experience. But in the case of some games you get subtitles, one size only, and that’s it.

We already knew, from the beta, that you can give fatalities audio description. Yes, you can have a narrator describe, in gruesome detail, just what Sub Zero is doing to Shang Tsung’s spine. No, we are absolutely not kidding about that. You can hear it in action here and it is amazing.

So what accessibility options will MK1 offer? WB Games has posted on them on their forums and they range from screen reader mode through to disabling the rapid button pushing during Test Your Might sequences.

Here are all the accessibility options, as announced by WB Games.

Visual

Screen Reader

Narration for menu items is available. All users are initially guided towards the Text-to-Speech feature on the first launch.

Colorblind Modes

Colorblind pre-set modes edit user interface (UI) and heads-up display (HUD) elements that might not be accessible to all in their original colors. Presets exist for Protanopia (Green Light), Deuteranopia (Red Light), and Tritanopia (Blue Light). The intensity of the colorblind mode can be adjusted.

Display Settings

Brightness can be adjusted at any time.

Lowered Health Bars

Players can lower HUD location of Health Bars through the Options menu, placing them closer to the focal point of the screen.

Descriptive Audio

Enable descriptive audio narration describing events happening on screen. Supports all Story cinematics, Fatalities, and Fatal Blows.

Extra Audio Feedback

Users can choose between four presets that toggle additional audio cues for gameplay elements. The volume of these cues can be tweaked individually:

  • Distance between Fighters – Adjust the volume of a sound cue that gets faster and quieter as distance increases.
  • Health Meter – Adjust the volume of sounds that play at certain health thresholds. Occurs at 75%, 50%, 25%, and critical health.
  • End of Fight Line – Adjust the volume of audio that plays when a fighter is at the end of an arena.
  • Ducking – Adjust the volume of sounds that play when a character ducks and stands up.
  • Blocking – Adjust the volume of a sound that plays when characters block and stop blocking.
  • Hit Type – Adjust the volume of unique sounds that play for high, mid, low, or overhead hits.

Invasions Mode Navigation Assistance

When the player arrives at an Invasions mode location, the game will play four sounds corresponding to these directions in sequence – Up, Right, Down, and Left. The status of each direction is represented by the sounds that play when you adjust the volume on this setting. The sounds represent these statuses in sequence – Objective, Available, Locked, No Path.

Auditory:

Separate Volume Controls

Individual controls are available for users to configure:

  • Cinematics – Story cinematics and rendered movies.
  • Music – In-game music.
  • Announcer – Announcer’s voice.
  • Ambience – Ambient sounds.
  • Dialogue – Spoken dialogue.
  • Sound Effects – All sound effects from characters and user interface.

Screen Reader volume can be customized under the Accessibility tab.

Audio Mix Presets

Quickly set audio categories to values that support increased accessibility or return them to defaults.

  • Default – Resets all audio sliders to default values.
  • Light Support – Clarifies gameplay-related audio without altering the primary mix very much.
  • Medium Support – Clarifies gameplay audio significantly and adds mild support through Enhanced Audio Feedback.
  • Heavy Support – Mutes music and ambience and adds all Extra Audio Feedback.

Subtitles

Users can enable subtitles that support all key dialogue in Story mode as well as supplemental dialogue such as pre-fight dialogue and quips said during gameplay. Subtitles are on by default. Users can also modify the subtitle size.

Detailed Audio Effects
Users can tweak specific VFX noises:

  • Hit/Block
  • Fighter Movement
  • Vocalization
  • Gameplay Modifier
  • Special Moves
  • Environmental Detail
  • Fight HUD

Directional Surround Sound

Players can adjust the audio experience according to the audio hardware that is being used on the first boot and then in the Options menu. Sounds can be set as directional for gameplay via stereo or surround sound setups.

Motor:

Remappable Controls

All gameplay inputs can be customized and remapped to a different button input. Remapping controls cannot be applied to menu navigation. The four-face button and four-shoulder button controls can be remapped for these inputs:

  • Front Punch
  • Back Punch
  • Front Kick
  • Back Kick
  • Throw
  • Block
  • Kameo
  • Flip Stance

Input Shortcuts

Users can enable Input Shortcuts which lessen the directional precision required for special moves.

Button Shortcuts

Users can toggle multi-button inputs for single-button moves.

Test Your Might Gameplay Assistance Toggle

Users can toggle off the requirement for rapid button mashing for Test Your Might segments during Story mode.

Practice:

Tutorials

Extensive Tutorials are included covering virtually every aspect of the game. All the Tutorials can be re-accessed at user discretion.

Tutorial Demos

Most tutorial segments provide a demonstration that shows button inputs and timing for practice.

Practice Modes

A controlled environment where users can learn their fighter’s moveset, with a wide array of customizable behaviors. Fatality practice can also be accessed, with the timer constraint being disabled.

Advanced Communication System
Speech to Text

Voice chat is transcribed into captions on-screen in real-time.

Keyboard to Speech

All text typed into the chat is narrated allowing for more players to use voice chat without the need of speech.

Note: This feature will be coming to the Nintendo Switch version of the game at a later date.

General:

Settings Tooltips

All settings are accompanied by tooltips to inform users of what is affected.

Autosaving

The title includes an autosave feature, which saves progress at key moments during gameplay.

Those are all Mortal Kombat 1’s accessibility options. The game arrives on PlayStation 5, PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S this September 19th. Or if you’ve bought the Premium or Kollector’s Edition it’s playable from tomorrow. And you can check out our preview here.

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