May 28, 2021

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Accessibility Spotlight: Far Cry 6

When you arrive in Far Cry 6’s island nation of Yara on October 7, you’ll be greeted with the most extensive set of options seen in a Far Cry game. But it’s not just about the sheer number of options, it’s about how they’re organized. The team wants to introduce more presets than any other Ubisoft game before it, to make those options more manageable by grouping them together.

“Our goal with presets was to make it easy for players to customize the game,” says Ivan Kulbych, lead game designer at Ubisoft Kyiv. “Everyone has different gaming habits, needs, and preferences, but not everyone wants to spend a lot of time in game options.”

Below, you’ll find a complete list of these presets (and how you can change them to your liking), along with all of the other options presented to first-time users, including controls, gameplay, HUD and UI, audio, video, and Tobii eye tracker support.

FIRST-TIME USER EXPERIENCE FLOW

To keep the many customization options manageable, the game presents a short list of settings when first launching the game, including shortcuts to quickly change groups of related settings at once.

Menu Narration can be enabled with one button press, and the prompt to do so is automatically read aloud when first reaching the menu. The system narrator is used, and players can switch between installed narration voices for the selected language.

Presets enable players to activate multiple settings with one click. Any of these presets can be used in combination:

  • Motion Preset reduces camera shake and controller vibration, disables motion blur and poisoned/drunken effects, and turns off reticle sway when aiming a sniper rifle.

  • Color Preset enables an alternative color palette for UI elements that players can further customize in the options menu.

  • Cognitive Preset activates aim assistance, reduces camera shake, increases UI and font size, turns repeated button presses to single presses, reduces controller vibration and differences in loudness of sounds, increases subtitle background contrast, and enables speaker names in subtitles, as well as subtitles for important player character barks.

  • Motor Preset strengthens aim assistance, reduces camera shake and disables controller vibration, turns repeated button presses and holds to single presses or toggles, and remaps controls away from stick presses.

  • Hearing Preset enables sound effect captions with an on-screen pointer, adjusts the volume to help speech stand out, enables color-coded speaker names in subtitles and subtitles for player character barks.

  • Vision Preset strengthens aim assistance, reduces distracting camera effects, increases UI and font size, subtitle size and background contrast, outlines enemies and items in the game, and enables menu narration.

Players can activate or deactivate these presets in the options menu at any time, as well as adjust individual settings in the settings menu using the preset as a starting point. Some players may choose to use the presets, and others may not, so the first-time user experience flow also enables players to fine-tune other commonly used settings, including:

  • Brightness Adjustment and HDR settings.

  • Audio volume and language settings.

  • Subtitles, with configurable subtitle size.

  • Sound Subtitles with directional pointer to indicate where the sound came from.

  • Outlining Options for enemies and items.

  • UI and Font Scaling option to increase the size of HUD and menu elements.

  • Motion Effects Toggles including options to disable motion blur, reduce camera shake, and disable “drunk” or “poisoned” screen effects.

  • Control Options to replace repeated presses or holds with single presses, invert controls, and configure aiming and sprinting.

Furthermore, visual settings are presented with an example image, so players can see the effect immediately. More granular customization settings are available from the options menu, before entering play.

CONTROLS

Far Cry 6 supports extensive controller remapping on both console and PC, and players can configure different mappings to use on foot, when driving different vehicles, navigating menus, or playing minigames.

Any game or menu action can be assigned to any button or stick direction on press, hold, double-press, or by combining two different inputs at the same time (eg. holding two buttons together).

Control Presets give easy access to common control combinations, without needing to remap each control individually. All of these presets can be enabled simultaneously. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

Options include:

  • Left-Handed controls, swapping left/right triggers, bumpers, and sticks.

  • One-Handed Layouts combine movement and look controls, and map the most important actions to one side of the controller (left or right).

  • No Presses Mode remaps any functions from stick presses elsewhere, across all game actions and menus.

  • Holdless Mode remaps any button holds to toggles.

Other control options include:

  • Button Holds and Toggles can also be controlled individually for actions like crouching, aiming, sprinting, and accessing the weapon wheel. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Menu Navigation works with both a free cursor or directional inputs snapping to the next option automatically. (Motor, Cognitive)

  • Combine Move and Look places the controls for both move and look are on a single stick. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Inversion can be applied to either the horizontal or vertical axes, and the setting can be tailored individually for first- and third-person views, or for each different vehicle type. (Motor, Cognitive)

  • Controller Vibration / Haptic Feedback can be adjusted for intensity. (Motor, Cognitive)

  • Stick Responsiveness enables tuning the incline needed to reach 100% on both the left and right sticks, reducing muscle strain to incline stick. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Sprint with Stick Incline automatically triggers sprinting when pushing the stick all the way. (Motor, Cognitive)

  • Swap Move and Look While Aiming exchanges the sticks used for character and camera movement when aiming down sights. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Sensitivity can be adjusted for camera movement in different gameplay situations, vehicle steering, as well as the speed of zoom when using the phone or mortar. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Unlock Mouse Cursor enables moving the mouse cursor during gameplay, which can help when using on-screen keyboards. (Motor)

VEHICLE

  • Auto-Change Seat enables players to automatically switch to the driver seat when it’s free. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Auto-Steering/Shooter Mode automatically steers to follow the road when the player is shooting from the driver seat. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Driving & Shooting Aim Assist automatically targets enemies when the player aims while driving. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

GAMEPLAY

  • Game Difficulty adjusts how much damage the player takes and how quickly they recover health. Two difficulty modes are available: Story Mode and Action Mode. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Aiming Assists help players get and keep their reticle on-target. This is enabled by default on gamepads. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Lock-On Aim keeps the reticle locked on-target for a controllable duration. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Repeated Button Presses in a QTE can be replaced with a single press. (Motor)

  • Gamepad Aim Lock enables players to follow locked enemies when aiming at them. Aim lock and duration can be customized. (Motor, Vision)

  • Reticle Sway enables players to stop the reticle from wandering when aiming with a sniper rifle. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Photo Mode Close On Damage takes the player out of photo mode when they take damage. (Motor, Cognitive, Vision)

MOTION

  • Camera Shakes enables players to disable any repeated camera shakes during gameplay. (Motion Sickness, Headaches, Vision)

  • Full Screen Effects Options enable players to disable effects that may cause motion sickness (drunk, poisoned, etc.). (Motion Sickness, Headaches, Vision)

  • Motion Blur enables players to disable motion blur to decrease motion sickness. (Motion Sickness, Headaches, Vision)

CO-OP

  • Chat Wheel contains a set of commands for co-op play. Selecting a command will cause it to be displayed in the HUD for both players and voiced by player’s character. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Friendly Fire enables or disables damage from co-op partner. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision, Motor)

HUD and UI

  • Enemy Outline increases enemy visibility by adding a orange outline to their bodies. Players can also customize the outline color. (Vision, Cognitive)

  • Loot outline increases loot visibility by adding white outline to objects the player can collect. Players can also customize the outline color. (Vision, Cognitive)

  • Reticle Options adjust the reticle position, thickness, and color for greater view when aiming. (Vision, Cognitive)

  • UI and Fonts Scaling enables increased font sizes in menus and HUD and enlarges some HUD elements. (Vision, Cognitive)

COLORS

  • Color Customization enables players to change the color of HUD and gameplay elements, including the color of enemies’ laser sights and roads on the map. Players can use a palette to select a suitable color for groups of elements, or for each element individually. A preset palette is also available to address most common color vision barriers. (Vision, Cognitive)

CONTROLS & VEHICLE

  • Auto Drive Indicators give visual feedback that auto-drive is active. (Vision, Cognitive)

  • GPS Feedback enables or disables the in-game display of route guidance to destinations selected on the map. (Vision, Cognitive)

  • On-Screen Controls enable permanent display of on-screen control prompts. (Vision, Cognitive)

CUSTOMIZE

HUD Toggles enable showing or hiding many different pieces of on-screen information, including:

  • Objectives describing current mission goals (which can also be collapsed and expanded with an in-game shortcut).

  • Icons for allies, enemies, co-op partner, locations, and voice chat indicators.

  • Interaction Prompts and Outlining of interaction target.

  • Weapon Indicators and Available Abilities can be toggled individually.

  • Health, Damage, and Detection Feedback can be toggled individually.

  • Effects impacting the player character, like temporary buffs from gear perks.

  • Rank progress notifications.

  • Nearby Activity and Challenge notifications.

  • Items Collected, with individual settings for high-impact and common items.

  • Minimap and Tactical View showing co-op partner’s gameplay.

  • Aiming Reticle can be hidden to use weapons’ built-in sights instead.

  • Location and Character Discoveries can be toggled on or off.

  • Network Status Changes when temporarily disconnected.

  • Tutorial Messages can be toggled on or off.

  • Presets enable players to quickly toggle all HUD icons and notifications on or off (Vision, Cognitive)

AUDIO

We received positive feedback from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community regarding Far Cry New Dawn, and we built on this foundation for Far Cry 6, adding extra polish for features like sound subtitles.

COMMUNICATION

  • Voice Communication can be toggled between always-on, always-off, and push-to-talk modes. (Hearing, Cognitive)

  • Voice Chat Volume controls the loudness of the co-op partner’s speech. (Hearing, Cognitive)

  • Speech-to-Text enables automatic translation of the co-op partner’s speech into text in the HUD. (Vision, Cognitive)

INTERFACE AND LANGUAGE

  • Voice-Over players can enable voice-over in any menu by pressing on Right Stick. Doing this will enable narration for every UI element hovered over with the cursor. Players can also customize the narrator voice, speed of reading, and volume. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)

VOLUME

  • Audio Dynamic Range adjusts the amplitude between loudest and quietest sounds, including a night mode to minimize spikes in loudness. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Expanded Volume Options enables players to separately customize volumes for four sound categories: radio, dialogue, score, and sound effects (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)

SUBTITLES

  • Subtitles and Closed Captions are now enabled by default and contain closed captions for dialogue to reflect character expressions. (Hearing, Cognitive Vision)

  • Subtitle Size and Background can be configured, with small, medium, and large font sizes, and an opaque black background, semitransparent background, or no background. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Names in Subtitles displays speaker names for all subtitle lines. Players can enable color-coding of speaker names to reflect who is speaking: friendly, enemy, or mission NPC. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)

  • Sound Subtitles display captions for important gameplay sounds on-screen, along with a pointer showing the direction of and distance to that sound. (Hearing, Cognitive, Vision)

VIDEO

  • Framerate Lock enables players to set a maximum framerate cap.

  • Field of View Scaling adjusts the horizontal field of view in degrees, which can be helpful for playing with multi-monitor setups or reducing motion sickness. (Motion)

  • HDR enables high-dynamic range video output, with controls for peak brightness and paper white level. (Cognitive, Vision)

TOBII EYE TRACKER SUPPORT

  • Extended View and Extended View While Aiming enables players to rotate camera with head rotation.

  • Aim at Gaze enables players to enter aiming mode in the direction player is looking when pressing the aim key/button, automatically aiming at closest priority targets.

  • Phone Camera on Gaze enables players to open phone camera in a direction of gaze when phone camera button is pressed.

  • Direct Amigos at Gaze enables players to command your “Amigos” by looking at a target location or enemy and pressing the “Direct Amigo” key/button.

  • Eye vs Head Tracking Ratio enables players to customize how much of their input is performed with head vs. eye movement.

  • Eye Tracking Responsiveness and Head Tracking Sensitivity enables players to set tracking sensitivity to a comfortable level.

Far Cry 6 will release on October 7 worldwide on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and for Windows PC exclusively on both the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. The game will also be available on Ubisoft+*, Ubisoft’s subscription service.

* $14.99 per month. Cancel anytime. The Ultimate Edition will be available as part of a Ubisoft+ subscription. More information at ubisoftplus.com.

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