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|Session Name:||Breaking Barriers: Combat Accessibility in 'God of War Ragnarok'|
|Company Name(s):||Santa Monica Studio|
|Track / Format:||Design|
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|Overview:||The God of War franchise has its roots in delivering approachable, expressive combat for players of widely varying abilities. However, its complexity also provides unique opportunities for unintended barriers for players with disabilities, conflicting with those very roots. In crafting the latest entry, God of War: Ragnark, Santa Monica Studio pushed many aspects of its combat further than ever beforeand accessibility was no exception. Join Adam Oliver as he covers the journey the team went on as they expanded the accessibility of God of War combat. Combat design, specific examples of resolving unintentional barriers, methods of challenging design instincts to achieve accessibility wins, and navigating conflicts with intended design will be explored in this presentation.|