Dead By Daylight has done nothing more than grow in popularity since its initial release, and with that, more players are joining every month to see what the fuss is about. With anything that grows in popularity, a wider range of players are diving in, some of which suffer with accessibility options such as colourblindness.
The recent 4.5.0 patch saw changes to the HUD which players immediately recognised as being detrimental towards colourblind players, as the changes made it very hard to see. As scribed by our sister site Nintendo Life, the backlash prompted one of the game's designers, Ethan "Almo" Larson, to say the requests for colourblind options were starting to get "really boring" in a recent stream:
"It's getting really boring just blabbing about colourblind mode all the time, we've heard it a million times, we know. Continuing to, to badger us about it isn't going to change anything. If it gets done it'll get done when we'll, when we have time to do it, or if somebody decides that it's something should- that should be done. Ya know. We, we know that a lot of players want it, we know it's not a small number. We get it."
The comments encouraged accessibility advocate Steven Spohn (Spawn) to come forward and highlight the issues on Twitter, which resulted in the Dead By Daylight account responding. After apologising for the comments made by one of their team, it revealed it has "been working on a colourblind mode for some time now", but is still yet to commit to a release date. Some work in progress was also shared on its development, including ways to help deuteranope (can't perceive green light) tritanope (blue light) and protanope (red light).
It's clear the team has been working hard to implement these features and we're glad the community's voice has been heard over the past few years. It's a shame that the original comments are the cause for the developer coming forward, but it's a step in the right direction, and one we're sure will be beneficial in the long run.
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