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Age IV Accessibility Features

Age IV accessibility options

World’s Edge studio and Relic Entertainment are excited to offer a number of options that allow players to tailor their experience to better enjoy Age of Empires IV. A full list of these features can be found below.

Color Filters available using Windows Ease of Access settings

Age of Empires IV makes use of your Windows system Color Filter settings.

A screenshot of the Windows Color Filters settings which reads: [Heading] Color Filters [Paragraph] Make photos and colors easier to see by applying a color filter to your screen. [Smaller Heading] Use Color Filters [Setting] Turn on color filters (on/off) [Setting] Allow the shortcut key to toggle filter on or off, Press the Windows logo key to toggle filter on or off. [Paragraph] Select a color filter to see elements on the screen better. [Setting] Inverted (reverse colors on the display) [Setting] Grayscale [Setting] Grayscale inverted [Paragraph] Or select a colorblindness filter to make the nine colors on the wheel more distinct. [Setting] Red-green (green weak, deuteranopia) [Setting] Red-green (red weak, protanopia) [Setting] Blue-yellow (tritanopia)

In-game narration of User Interface (UI)

Enabling Narration on first launch of the title or via in-game Settings allows for main menu text to be read aloud.

Please note that the in-game HUD is not narrated under this feature.

In-game narration of incoming chat messages

Narration also allows for incoming chat messages to be read out if the setting is enabled.

Remappable keys

Players can remap the keys for various gameplay functions at any time from Settings>Controls.

Story Mode Difficulty setting for Campaign

Story mode is one of four campaign difficulty options and is designed for those looking to experience the historical events of Age of Empires IV without a strong challenge. When playing the Campaign using the Story Mode, the enemy will not probe your defenses and mounts only light attacks.

An image capture from in-game which reads: [Heading] Select Difficulty. [Paragraph] Select the campaign difficulty level. This may be changed at any time from the Pause Menu. [Option: Selected] Story: For those looking to experience the historical events of Age of Empires without a strong challenge. The enemy will not probe your defenses and mounts only light attacks. [Option] Easy: For those new to real-time strategy or looking for a light challenge. The enemy probes your defenses and typically mounts only single attacks. [Option] Intermediate: For those familiar with real-time strategy and looking for a strategic challenge. The enemy tests defenses and mounts multiple simultaneous attacks. This is Age of Empires IV as it is meant to be played. [Option] Hard: For veterans of real-time strategy looking for a real challenge. The enemy is merciless, commonly attacking on multiple fronts and exploiting any weakness. [Button] Start [Button] Cancel

Strong Contrast Mode for all Menus/UI

Strong Contrast mode allows text to stand out more in the main menu and HUD. This can be enabled at any time from the in-game settings and will require a quick restart of the game before the change takes effect.

Screenshot of the game menu with strong contrast.

Subtitle options: Off, Movies, In-game + Movies

Subtitles are available across our video and in-game content, or can be disabled fully based on player preferences.

A cinematic from the game displaying large captions.

UI Text scaling: Default, Large, Largest

Players are able to scale some HUD and in-game menu text from 100% to 150% size per preference.

A civilization tech-tree with the largest UI text scaling.

Volume settings – Master, Music, Speech, SFX

Players are able to tune their sound effect, speech, music volume preferences as well as master volume from the in-game settings.

Panning Speed Options in In-Game Settings

Players are able to tune the in-game camera’s panning speed to their comfort level from the in-game settings.

Become an Age Insider!

Insiders unlock access to exclusive news, updates, and opportunities to provide feedback about future releases. Here are some of the perks:

  • Access to private forums where you can interact with Age developers
  • The chance to join exclusive beta opportunities through Steam and the Windows Store
  • Channels to provide feedback and inspire quality changes in your favorite Age titles