In a spontaneous Twitter thread, Ubisoft accessibility project manager David Tisserand noted that the vast majority of players wished to keep subtitles on throughout the game.
Gotta admit, I’m a big fan of subtitles in games myself. I wish I knew why, but there’s something nice about the extra bit of clarity they can provide to dialogue or when the action is so intense you can’t really make heads or tails what anyone is saying. It would appear that I’m not the only person who favours the use of subtitles in games as David Tisserand of Ubisoft has revealed some interesting statistics regarding the use of subtitles in the publisher’s games via a thread on his personal Twitter account. Back in 2018, Ubisoft stated that 60% of Assassin’s Creed: Origin’s players turned subtitles on and now there’s even more numbers to support the subtitle love.
Tisserand stated that 97% of players in Far Cry: New Dawn didn’t turn off the subtitles that were automatically enabled and a similar number can be found in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with 95% of players never turning the subtitles off. In The Division 2, a game that’s far less reliant on its narrative, 75% of players turned subtitles on during their time with the game. If anything, these numbers prove that it’s not just the deaf community that utilise subtitles while playing video games but a large majority of players prefer to have them on.
Sure, you could argue these statistics aren’t 100% accurate because it doesn’t account for people simply not turning them off or for how long players kept them on. Regardless, I find that subtitles are a much needed comfort when playing games even as someone who can hear perfectly well. What are your feelings on subtitles? They do it for you or nah?
Last Updated: June 27, 2019