World of Warcraft getting enhanced colourblind support


Trouble with colours? Blizzard are going to sort that out in the 6.1 update.

Colour blindness must be a right pain but thankfully developers realise it’s a problem and colours can sometimes be switched around or tweaked to help. Blizzard has decided that World of Warcraft players who suffer from colour blindness need enhanced options and the 6.1 update will add these as well as  all the new graphics options mentioned previously.

The colour changing will be accessed via new accessibility interface option and there’s an option to ‘Enable UI Colorblind Mode’ for text and visual enhancements. The game will now have three colour blind filters for protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia. These have been pre-defined in the UI can also be tweaked further via sliders which can remove problematic wavelengths of colour from each of these.

While this won’t be useful for most players but it should make live a easier for World of Warcraft players with the condition so additions like this are always great to see. Blizzard explain how the The game will be affected with these options selected.

“With ‘UI Colorblind Mode’ enabled, the game will add the words “Rare” and “Epic” to the tooltips for those items. For players who find it difficult to discern between friendly, neutral, or hostile targets, additional indication text in the tooltip will now appear when you move your mouse cursor over other characters.”

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