Most gamers couldn’t comprehend the idea of playing any game, let alone Halo 5: Guardians, without the ability to see. But one player, known as Sightless Kombat, is trying to change that.
Sightless Kombat currently working with members of the community to create a multiplayer map in the game’s Forge mode that specifically appeals to blind players. Perhaps best known from his interview with Eurogamer in which he described how, as a blind player, he utilized audio clues to reach the top bracket of Killer Instinct‘s ranked multiplayer leaderboard, Sightless Kombat is turning his focus on making a game like Halo 5 playable for others with similar disabilities.
Sightless Kombat, who plays Halo 5‘s campaign missions, originally started the process of making a Halo map that specifically catered to low-vision gamers with one of his friends. When that person had to quit the project, the Forge community was more than happy to step in.
The result so far makes you appreciate the concept of how important sound design is for games. The floor is made of two different materials that designate which part of the map you’re walking on, and by listening for enemy footsteps, the directional audio of their gun fire, and other sound cues like the hum of a shotgun spawn point, it’s definitely possible to play on this map without having to see. You can watch a sample two-on-two match on YouTube.
Besides building a map in Forge for blind (and blindfolded) gamers, Sightless Kombat has been posting play-through videos of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and it’s pretty impressive stuff.