Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown’s Accessibility Options are a Sign the Industry is Taking the Feature Seriously

Ubisoft shows off Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown's accessibility options, and proves how important they are.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown’s Accessibility Options are a Sign the Industry is Taking the Feature Seriously

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  • Ubisoft shares accessibility options in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown with a deep dive video.
  • Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is the first Ubisoft game with High-Contrast mode.
  • The game will also allow players to pin screenshots on the map, a feature that could be genre-defining in its use.
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Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, the side-scroller platform title is gearing up for its release on January 18, 2024. The players did not expect much from the game as they have always wanted the Sands of Time remake, the early previews did make an impression and made the game one of the highly-anticipated titles in 2024.

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Ubisoft Montpellier wanted to make sure that the game is playable for all players with hordes of accessibility features and design as it said at the Ubisoft Forward showcase. The developer has now shared all the accessibility options that the players will have at their disposal in the game.

Ubisoft Reveals Accessibility Features in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Ubisoft shares accessibility options in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown.
Ubisoft shares accessibility options in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown.

The developer released a video titled “Accessibility Deep Dive” on its official YouTube, explaining the accessibility features of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown and revealed how the game was approached to be “accessible by design” ever since the beginning of the development.

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Rémi Boutin, senior game designer stated that the game does not have color-based feedback or quick-time events, and even the text in the game is large by default, adding that “accessible design is good design.” The game designer revealed that they wanted to make the game accessible for players and accessibility became a priority.

The developers also revealed that some elements in the game are “invisible” but help the players new to the genre. There are also several setting options that players can choose from to have a great gaming experience. The game features a high contrast option for players with low vision, which is a first for a Ubisoft title, difficult parameters, and more.

The game has several features including a Guided mode and High-Contrast mode.
The game has several features including a Guided mode and High-Contrast mode.

Players can opt to remove the background color and bright colors for their characters, enemies, rewards, traps, and more. There is also a “Guided mode” to help players who get lost and forget what objectives they need to complete. Players can activate the mode and they will get some hints such as marking of objectives, and available and blocked paths. This can be both permanent and temporary as per the player’s wishes and needs.

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Moreover, there are “Memory Shards” in the game that the players can place on the location and remember what the location looks like, and when they go back they see a screenshot of the game. Moreover, the screenshots are saved with cloud save and even appear if the players play the game on another device. Although this feature has been seen in other games such as Assassin’s Creed,  it’s a first for a Metroidvania game.

Ubisoft shared the full accessibility feature list in the game with Accessibility Spotlight. The game also allows players to turn off the screen shake and they can also adjust the heads-up display (HUD) size. The subtitles are on by default but players can set the opacity of the background.

Prince of Persia The Lost Crown is set to release on January 18, 2024.
The Lost Crown is set to release on January 18, 2024.

There are separate volume sliders for different sounds and also a text log for players to go back to conversation but it is limited. There is also a practice area and platforming assist to skip challenges. The combat settings also have individual settings to adjust enemy damage and health. Players can also increase aim-assist on weapons and powers that require targeting and turn on melee targeting assist to automatically turn the character towards the enemy.

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The Lost Crown is shaping up to be a great game with these accessibility options. The story of the game follows Sargon, one of the Immortals who goes on a quest to save the Prince. Players will go through the Hyrcanian Forest, Sacred Archives, and Raging Sea and battle monsters and dangerous creatures on their journey. The developers have said that the game will be around 25 hours long so there is a lot for players to explore in this side-scrolling platformer title.

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Rohit Tiwari is a Gaming Journalist and Editor at FandomWire. With a Master's degree in Mass Communication, Rohit combines academic insight with a passion for the games and the stories they tell. He is an ardent supporter of Real Madrid and when he's not busy playing games, you'll find him reading or idolizing the GOAT Cristiano Ronaldo.