Tekken 8 Updates Accessibility Options
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Tekken 8 Updates Accessibility Options Following Safety Concerns

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

In a move reflecting its commitment to player safety and inclusive gaming, Bandai Namco is set to update the accessibility options in the much-anticipated "Tekken 8". This decision comes after players and accessibility experts raised concerns over the game's color blind filters, particularly one that displayed characters in black and white stripes.

A viral tweet, initially praising the game's accessibility features for color blind and visually impaired players, brought to light the unintended consequences of these filters. Accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton, in a tweet to Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada, warned of the potential health risks, comparing it to the infamous Pokémon episode that caused seizures among viewers. EA's accessibility lead, Morgan Baker, also reported experiencing an aura migraine due to the filter.

Responding to these concerns, Harada announced plans to revise the game's accessibility features during the Tekken World Tour 2023 Finals. He acknowledged the feedback and emphasized that the features seen in the Tekken 8 demo were a work in progress. The updates aim to address these issues and enhance the game's accessibility for a broader audience.

Tekken 8, set for release on January 26 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, is part of Bandai Namco's ongoing effort to make gaming more inclusive and safe for all players. This incident highlights the importance of community feedback in game development, especially regarding accessibility and player health.

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