The Last of Us Part II: Accessibility Features Detailed

The Last of Us Part II: Accessibility Features Detailed

Learn more about the more than 60 accessibility features in The Last of Us Part II.

June 9, 2020

With launch fast approaching, today we’re excited to share a comprehensive overview of the accessibility features that will be available in The Last of Us Part II when it releases on June 19. From the very beginning, our goal has been to ensure that as many fans as possible have an opportunity to experience the game through our most robust accessibility feature set to-date. Building upon the foundations we established with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, The Last of Us Part II features more than 60 accessibility settings, with expanded options focused on fine-motor and hearing, as well as completely new features that benefit low-vision and blind players. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these features to create a gameplay experience that’s right for them.

Nearby interactive elements highlighted by large circles while using Enhanced Listen mode

Accessibility Presets

One challenge in creating a large number of configurable options is making you aware of which options might be relevant for your needs. In addition, many features were created to work well in concert with one another. To help with this, we created three accessibility presets that configure all the recommended settings for vision, hearing, and motor accessibility. While we hope these will provide a good starting point, you can always go through and tweak individual options, even after selecting a preset.

Apply Vision Accessibility Preset

Options: On or Off

Configures all the recommended settings designed for players who are blind or have low vision.

This will enable settings across multiple menus, such as:

• Text-to-Speech

• High Contrast Display

• HUD Scale > Large

• Lock-On Aim > Auto-Target

• Traversal and Combat Audio Cues

• Navigation and Traversal Assistance

• Ledge Guard

• Enhanced Listen Mode

• Invisible While Prone > Unlimited

• Skip Puzzle Option

• Various adjustments in the Combat Accessibility menu

Apply Hearing Accessibility Preset

Options: On or Off

Configures all the recommended settings designed for players who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This will enable settings across multiple menus, such as:

• Awareness Indicators

• Pick-Up Notifications

• Dodge Prompts > Frequent

• Subtitles > Story + Combat

• Subtitle Names

• Subtitle Direction

• Combat Vibration Cues

• Guitar Vibration Cues

Apply Motor Accessibility Preset

Options: On or Off

Configures all the recommended settings designed for players with a physical or mobility disability.

This will enable settings across multiple menus, such as:

• Lock-On Aim > Auto-Target

• Auto Weapon Swap

• Auto Pick Up

• Camera Assist > On

• Navigation and Traversal Assistance

• Ledge Guard

• Infinite Breath

• Repeated Button Presses > Hold

• Melee Combos > Hold

• Weapon Sway > Off

• Skip Puzzle Option

• Various adjustments in the Combat Accessibility menu


Menu screen for configuring a custom control scheme, showing jump/climb being remapped from X to R1 with a full explanation of what jump/climb does, controller in upside down orientation, left/right sticks always flipped, and warnings that X is being unbound

Alternate Controls

For the first time in a Naughty Dog game, we are offering full control customization. This allows you to remap every command to a different controller input, including touch pad swipes and controller shake. Because holding or rapidly tapping buttons can be challenging for some players, we have individual options to change every button hold into a toggle, and every rapid press into a hold. Returning from Uncharted 4, we also provide expanded options for camera assistance and lock-on aim.

Input Remap

Customize Controls

Remap and fully customize all controls.

Control Scheme

Options: Default, Right Hand Only, Left Hand Only, Custom Scheme 1, Custom Scheme 2, Custom Scheme 3

Select a preset or create your own controller layout.

Rename Control Scheme

Change the name of your custom scheme.

Controller Orientation

Options: Default, Left, Right, Upside Down

Select how you hold your controller, which rotates the directional buttons, left stick, and right stick to match.

Left Stick and Right Stick

Options: Default, Flipped While Aiming, Flipped Always

Swap the functionality of the left stick and right stick.

Boat Controls

Options: Default or Alternate

Change the input method for driving the boat.

DEFAULT: Use |Left Stick| to steer and accelerate and |L2| to reverse.

ALTERNATE: Hold |R2| to accelerate and |L2| to reverse. Use |left-stick| to steer.

DEFAULT recommended for players who are blind or have low vision and are using Navigation Assistance to orient themselves.

Rope/Ladder Movement

Options: Character or Camera

Change the directional input for movement on ladders and ropes.

CHARACTER: Movement up/down ladders and ropes with |Left Stick| is relative to the player's orientation.

CAMERA: Movement up/down ladders and ropes with |Left Stick| is relative to the camera's orientation. Recommended for players who are blind or have low vision and are using Navigation Assistance to orient themselves.

Guitar Strumming Input

Options: Vertical, Horizontal, Taps

Change the input method for playing the guitar.

VERTICAL (Default): Swipe up and down on the touch pad to strum the guitar.

HORIZONTAL: Swipe left and right on the touch pad to strum the guitar.

TAPS: Press |X| to strum the guitar. This can be bound to a different button in Customize Controls under Select / Alternate Strumming.

Melee While Aiming

Options: On or Off

Allows the player to melee with |Square| while aiming.

This will disable Shoulder Swap, or whichever control is mapped to |Square| while aiming.

Holds and Presses

Repeated Button Presses

Options: Tap or Hold

Change the input method for repeated button press prompts.

TAP (Default): Press the button repeatedly to progress.

HOLD: Hold the button to progress.

Melee Combos

Options: Tap or Hold

Change the input method for performing a melee combo.

TAP (Default): Press |Square| repeatedly to melee combo.

HOLD: Hold |Square| to melee combo.

Aiming Mode

Options: Hold or Toggle

Change the input method for aiming.

HOLD (Default): Hold |L2| to aim. Release to stop aiming.

TOGGLE: Press |L2| to aim. Press |L2| again to stop aiming.

Listen Mode

Options: Hold or Toggle

Change the input method for listen mode.

HOLD (Default): Hold |R1| to listen. Release to stop listening.

TOGGLE: Briefly hold |R1 to listen. Briefly hold |R1| again to stop listening.

Sprinting (Available with Patch 1.01*)

Options: Hold or Toggle

Change the input method for sprinting.

HOLD (Default): Hold |L1| to sprint. Release to stop sprinting.

TOGGLE: Briefly hold |L1| to start sprinting. Briefly hold |L1| again to stop sprinting.

Crafting

Options: Hold or Toggle

Change the input method for crafting and upgrading.

HOLD (Default): Hold |X| to start crafting and release to cancel.

TOGGLE: Tap |X| to start crafting and tap to cancel.

Backpack Weapon Swap

Options: Hold or Toggle

Change the input method for swapping weapons in your holsters.

HOLD (Default): Hold |Square| to enter backpack weapon swapping and release to exit.

TOGGLE: Hold |Square| to enter backpack weapon swapping and tap to exit.

Bow Firing

Options: Hold or Taps

Change the input method for firing the bow.

HOLD (Default): Hold |R2| while aiming to draw the arrow back and release to fire.

TAPS: Tap |R2| while aiming to automatically draw the arrow back and tap again to fire.

Hold Breath Mode

Options: Hold or Toggle

Change the input method for holding your breath while aiming. Hold Breath skill is unlocked as a player upgrade.

HOLD: Hold |L3| while aiming to hold your breath.

TOGGLE (Default): Press |L3| while aiming to hold your breath. Press |L3| again or stop aiming to release.

*Internet connection required.


Assistance

Camera Assist

Options: On , Off, Horizontal, Vertical

Automatically reorients the camera in the direction of your movement. Select HORIZONTAL or VERTICAL to limit assistance to that axis.

Designed for players who are new to action games or have difficulty using Left Stick and Right Stick simultaneously.

Lock-On Aim

Options: Off, On, Auto-Target

Automatically lock-on to enemy targets when aiming.

Targets the center of the enemy's body by default. Use |Right Stick| to target the head or legs.

If set to AUTO-TARGET, you will lock onto the next enemy automatically even if they're offscreen.

Lock-On Strength

Options: 1 to 10 Slider

Adjust the pull strength of Lock-On Aim.

Arc-Throw Lock-on

Options: On or Off

Automatically lock-on to enemy targets when |L2| aiming a throwable.

In stealth, bricks and bottles lock-on slightly away from enemies to facilitate distractions. Use |Right Stick| to directly target the enemy instead.

Arc-Throw Lock-on Strength

Options: 1 to 10 Slider

Adjust the pull strength of Arc-Throw Lock-On.

Auto Weapon Swap

Options: On or Off

Automatically swap to another holstered weapon when you run out of ammo.

Auto Pick-Up

Options: On or Off

Automatically picks up nearby ammo and ingredients.

Magnification and Visual Aids

Text, UI, and gameplay elements that are too small or difficult to read can be frustrating. To address these issues, we created options to fine-tune the HUD size, color, and contrast. Our new High Contrast Display is a special render mode that provides more contrast for in-game elements. We also provide a Screen Magnifier, which allows you to zoom-in on any part of the screen using the DUALSHOCK 4 touch pad.

HUD Scale

Options: Default, Large

Changes the size of in-game HUD elements.

HUD Background

Options: Default, Light, Darkened

Changed HUD background darkness.

HUD Color

Options: White, Yellow, Blue, Red, Green

Changes the color of text and HUD elements.

HUD Colorblind Mode

Options: Off, Protanopia, Deuteranopia, Tritanopia

Changes the color palette of HUD accents.

HUD Flashing

Options: On or Off

Enables flashing HUD animations.

High Contrast Display

Options: Off, Setting 1, Setting 2, Setting 3

Mutes environment colors and adds distinct contrast coloring to allies, enemies, items, and interactive objects.

When enabled, use |Touch Pad Swipe Left| to toggle high contrast display.

Screen Magnifier

Options: Off, Low, Medium, High

Magnifies a section of the screen.

Lightly double tap touch pad to quickly toggle zoom. Holding the second tap will slowly increase the zoom, locking the zoom level on release.

Use touch pad to move magnifier over different areas of the screen. Double tap again to exit.

Translation Prompts

Options: Off, On, Auto

Enables |Triangle| translation prompts for in-world text.

When set to AUTO, this feature is automatically enabled when a non-English text language is selected or if text-to-speech is enabled.

Motion Sickness

Simulated 3D movement can be a source of motion sickness for many players. To create a more visually comfortable experience, we provide options to adjust camera shake, motion blur, camera follow distance, and even field of view. We also provide an option for a persistent white dot in the center of the screen, which can alleviate the sensation.

Camera Shake

Options: 1 to 10 Slider

Adjust the intensity of camera shake.

Motion Blur

Options: 1 to 10 Slider

Adjust the intensity of the motion blur effect.

Camera Distance

Options: -5 to +5 Slider

Adjust the distance of the 3rd person camera.

Increasing this value moves the camera further from the player.

Decreasing this value moves the camera closer to the player.

Field of View

Options: -5 to +5 Slider

Adjust the field of view of the 3rd person camera.

Increasing this value makes the field of view wider.

Decreasing this value makes the field of view narrower.

Dolly Zoom Effect

Options: On or Off

Toggles moments where the camera moves backwards and zooms at the same time, creating a disorienting effect.

Full Screen Effects

Options: On or Off

Enables screen effects that indicate player status.

Persistent Center Dot

Options: On or Off

Displays a persistent reticle in the center of the screen, hidden during cinematics and while aiming.

The player in front of a large hole in the wall, with a navigation assistance arrow pointing towards it

Navigation and Traversal

Making a game that's accessible for blind and low-vision players means providing new ways of navigating the game world. Navigation Assistance can be used to guide you along the golden path of story progression or you can use Enhanced Listen Mode to go off and find enemies or pickups instead. To help you move through the game world, we also provide options for simplified traversal input, ledge guard, and the ability to skip puzzles altogether.

Navigation Assistance

Options: On or Off

Pressing |L3| faces the camera in the direction of story progression, marking the path to follow.

If Enhanced Listen Mode is also enabled, then pressing |L3| while in listen mode (hold |R1|) will instead direct the player towards the most recently scanned item or enemy.

Traversal Assistance

Options: On or Off

Enables simplified traversal input.

• Press |X| to automatically perform certain difficult jumps.

• Automatically climb ledges and squeeze through small gaps.

• Automatically vault small obstacles while on the horse.

• Automatically sprint in certain encounters.

Ledge Guard

Options: On or Off

Guards against falling off ledges with additional audio and vibration feedback.

Prevents you from falling from ledges that will kill you.

Enhanced Listen Mode

Options: On or Off

Enables the ability to scan for items |Circle| and enemies |Square| while in listen mode.

Send out a scan triggering audio cues at the target's location. The pitch of the sound changes based on the target's height relative to you.

If Navigation Assistance is also enabled, then pressing |L3| while in listen mode will direct the player towards the most recently scanned item or enemy.

Scan Range

Options: 10m - 30m Slider

Adjust the maximum distance of Enhanced Listen Mode scans.

Scan Time

Options: 1s - 5s Slider

Adjust time for an Enhanced Listen Mode scan to reach its maximum distance.

Infinite Breath

Options: On or Off

Enables infinite breath while swimming underwater.

Skip Puzzle Option

Options: On or Off

When in a puzzle, select SKIP PUZZLE from the pause menu to advance to the puzzle's completion.

This setting is highly recommended for players who are blind or have low vision because some puzzle progression may not be fully accessible.

Additional accessibility assistance for puzzles is available with the 1.01 and 1.02 patches.

Text-to-Speech and Audio Cues

Any information that is only represented visually is unavailable to a blind player. To address this discrepancy, we created several options to convey this information through sound and controller vibration instead. Traversal and Combat Audio Cues work alongside the game's audio to map easily identifiable sounds to commonly used actions (scavenging pickups, jumping across gaps, dodging incoming melee attacks, etc.). These audio cues are catalogued in an audio glossary that you can refer back to at any time. Additionally, our menus and other on-screen text can be voiced using the Text-To-Speech* option. For those that have their language set to English and Text-to-Speech* enabled at the console level, The Last of Us Part II will automatically enable Text-to-Speech for you in-game.

* Text-to-speech features available in all supported languages**, except for Thai


Text-to-Speech Audio Cues

Text-to-Speech

Options: On or Off

Enables narration of on-screen text.

When enabled, request a text-to-speech description of your current status with |Touch Pad Swipe Up|.

Text-to-Speech volume can be adjusted from the Audio Volumes menu.

Traversal Cues

Options: On or Off

Enables additional accessibility audio cues to assist with traversal and exploration.

Plays a sound cue for:

• Jumpable gaps, climbable ledges, and squeeze-throughs

• Areas that require crouching or going prone

• Interacts and pick-ups

• Nearby breakable glass

• Gaining or losing movement control

• When Ledge Guard is enabled, plays a sound cue when it activates

For additional sound cue information, consult the Audio Cue Glossary.

Combat Audio Cues

Options: On or Off

Enables additional accessibility audio cues to assist with combat and stealth.

Plays a sound cue for:

• Enemy grab and strike prompts

• Incoming enemy melee attacks

• Being impaled with an arrow

• Aiming at an enemy

• Landing a shot on an enemy

For additional sound cue information, consult the Audio Cue Glossary.

Combat Vibration Cues

Options: On or Off

Enables vibration cues to assist with combat.

Plays a vibration cue for:

• Incoming enemy melee attacks

• Aiming at an enemy

• Landing a shot on an enemy

Guitar Vibration Cues

Options: On or Off

Enables a vibration cue when the correct guitar note for story progression is selected.

Audio Volumes

Effects

Options: 0 to 100 Slider

Adjust the volume of sound effects.

Dialogue

Options: 0 to 100 Slider

Adjust the volume of spoken dialogue.

Music

Options: 0 to 100 Slider

Adjust the volume of music.

Cinematics

Options: 0 to 100 Slider

Adjust the volume of cinematics.

Accessibility Audio Cues

Options: 0 to 100 Slider

Adjust the volume of accessibility audio cues.

Audio cues for traversal and combat can be enabled from the Accessibility menu.

Text-to-Speech

Options: 0 to 100 Slider

Adjust the volume of text-to-speech narration.

Audio Cue Glossary

Browse and listen to various audio cues that appear throughout gameplay.


Combat Accessibility

Because we want combat in The Last of Us Part II to be accessible for all players, we provide a number of options that can significantly alter the gameplay experience. For instance, the Invisible While Prone feature allows you to experience stealth gameplay that might otherwise be inaccessible. If you have difficulty aiming, you can give yourself more time by enabling Slow Motion while aiming. Our goal is to provide you with all the tools you need to make the combat experience enjoyable and challenging.

Enable Combat Accessibility

Options: On or Off

Enables the combat accessibility settings.

These settings are designed to make combat accessible for all players. As such, they can significantly alter the gameplay experience.

Hostages Don't Escape

Options: On or Off

Enemies grabbed by you will not break free while struggling.

Allies Don't Get Grabbed

Options: On or Off

Allies will automatically escape when grabbed by enemies.

This setting will not apply during certain combat encounters.

Enemies Don't Flank

Options: On or Off

Enemies will not intentionally try to get behind your position.

Reduced Enemy Perception

Options: On or Off

Reduce enemy perception in stealth.

This setting is relative to the chosen difficulty.

Reduced Enemy Accuracy

Options: On or Off

Reduce enemy accuracy when shooting.

This setting is relative to the chosen difficulty.

Enhanced Dodge

Options: On or Off

Dodge with |L1| is better at evading enemy attacks.

Invisible While Prone

Options: Off, Limited, Unlimited

You are invisible to enemies while prone and not aiming. This setting is disabled during certain encounters where stealth is not an option.

If set to LIMITED, the time limit will be based on the stealth difficulty settings.

Weapon Sway

Options: On or Off

Enables camera sway while aiming weapons.

Slow Motion

Options: Off, While Aiming, Toggle

Reduces game speed when enabled.

When set to TOGGLE use |Touch Pad Swipe Right| to toggle slow motion.

HUD

If you’re deaf, hard-of-hearing, or need to play at low or no volume, you may not be able to access gameplay information that is only represented through audio. To address this discrepancy, we provide several options to display this information visually instead. Awareness Indicators allow you to determine when you’re being spotted in stealth; they also can be set to persist during combat, pointing in the direction of high-threat enemies.

Damage Indicators

Options: On or Off

Enables HUD spikes in the direction damage was taken.

Awareness Indicators

Options: Off, Stealth, Always

Enables HUD element warning you when enemies are about to spot you and from which direction.

STEALTH: Awareness indicators display until you are spotted.

ALWAYS: Awareness indicators persist during combat. This setting is recommended for players who are deaf or hard of hearing. (Available with Patch 1.01*)

Hints

Options: Off, Sometimes, Frequent

Enables gameplay hints that appear when you're lost in an area for some time.

Hints are activated by pressing |L3|.

Pick-Up Notifications

Options: On or Off

Displays a HUD notification when you pick up ammo, crafting ingredients, or other resources

Dodge Prompts

Options: Off, Sometimes, Frequent

Adjust the frequency of the |L1| dodge tutorial prompt that appears when enemies begin a melee attack.

*Internet connection required.

Subtitles

Subtitles are an extremely popular accessibility feature, and we wanted to provide you with a wide array of customization options for them. You can tweak the size and color, add a dark background for contrast, enable speaker names, and even a directional arrow for offscreen speakers. For the first time in a Naughty Dog game, we also allow you to enable subtitles for all systemic enemy dialogue during stealth and combat.

Subtitles

Options: Off, Story Dialogue, Story + Combat Dialogue

Enables subtitles for spoken dialogue.

STORY DIALOGUE: Enables subtitles for main characters, important enemy dialogue, and cinematics.

COMBAT DIALOGUE: Enables subtitles for additional enemy dialogue while in stealth and combat.

Size

Options: Small, Medium, Large

Adjust the size of subtitle text.

Background

Options: Off, Default, Darkened

Enables a dark background behind subtitles to improve legibility.

Names

Options: On or Off

Displays the name of the speaker with the subtitle.

Name Colors

Options: On or Off

When subtitle Names are enabled, displays the names with a unique color per speaker.

Direction

Options: On or Off

Enables an arrow next to subtitles indicating the screen-relative direction of the person speaking.

Does not display for on-screen speakers.

Color

Options: White, Yellow, Blue, Red, Green

Changes the color of subtitle text.


Game Difficulty

As an extension of our accessibility features, The Last of Us Part II also includes expanded difficulty options. At launch, we provide five different challenge levels: Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, and Survivor. We also allow you to customize specific aspects of difficulty to your needs or desired experience. You can individually tweak difficulty settings related to incoming damage, enemy and ally effectiveness, stealth, and resources. Trophies are not limited by difficulty.

Challenge

Options: Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, Survivor, Custom

Adjust the overall difficulty of the game

Player

Options: Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, Survivor

Adjusts difficulty settings related to:

• Amount of damage the player takes from enemies

• Frequency of mid-encounter dynamic checkpoints

Enemies

Options: Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, Survivor

Adjusts difficulty settings related to:

• Accuracy of enemy gunfire and frequency of projectiles

• Aggression of enemies advancing and flanking

• Complexity of enemy melee combos

• Movement speed of certain high-threat enemies

• Custom tuning to specific combat encounters

Allies

Options: Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, Survivor

Adjusts difficulty settings related to:

• Aggressiveness of allies in combat

• Frequency at which allies kill enemies

Stealth

Options: Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, Survivor

Adjusts difficulty settings related to:

• Enemy's perception through vision, hearing, and smell

• Length of grace period before enemies will alert others

• Conditions for grabbing enemies from stealth

Resources

Options: Very Light, Light, Moderate, Hard, Survivor

Adjusts difficulty settings related to:

• Quantity of ammunition and supplies found in the world

• Durability of melee weapons dropped by enemies

• Yield of certain crafting recipes

We look forward to having players leverage these features and continuing to drive awareness and advocacy for accessibility support in games together. Alongside everyone at the studio, we’d like to recognize all of the people that helped make these features possible, including our partners at PlayStation, Worldwide Studios, and our accessibility consultants: Brandon Cole, James Rath, Paul Lane, Josh Straub, Steve Saylor, Morgan Baker, and Ian Hamilton. Thank you for all of your incredible support and guidance.

** Supported Text-to-Speech languages include: English, UK English, French, Italian, German, Danish, Turkish, Russian, Czech, Greek, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Croatian, LATAM Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese