The Stanley Parable is one of the most interesting indie games in recent history, and the studio behind the new edition talks about what’s been added.
Those who haven’t played Stanley’s parable when first released in 2013 missed out on a treat, but luckily the Ultra Deluxe Edition offers another chance to check it out. As a video game that subverted gamer expectations, Stanley’s parableThe meta-narrative storyline, which features Kevan Brighting’s sublime voice-over work as the hilarious narrator, has made it one of the most interesting indie games in recent memory. Adding to its success, the latest iteration of the Galactic Café IP has now been improved with the addition of some modern features.
In a series of posts on Twitter, developer Crows Crows Crows shared that Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe Edition is not only an updated version of the nine-year-old game, but also received some accessibility options. With one of the tweets saying the team is committed to making sure it can be enjoyed by as many people as possible, some of the features implemented include the ability to change the font size, add floating labels and enable trigger warnings for moments that deal with trauma. There’s also the ability to adjust individual volumes for sound effects, music and narration.
There is also a point in the story where the player is asked to choose a door with a particular color. These new accessibility features allow people with color-related visual impairments to have doors tagged. Many modern games now implement accessibility options, such as World of Warcraft, Speeds 5and the last of us 2. For people who might not otherwise be able to game comfortably for various reasons, the accessibility additions provide certain quality of life features that make it possible to enjoy games unhindered.
As one of the most influential indie games, Crow Crow Crow’s Stanley’s parable is a fun, player-choice version that comes with multiple endings, some of which may seem completely unexpected. For this reason, it would be a shame not to add much more inclusive options so that more players can experience the story.
The fact that there are demaking modders Stanley’s parable in things like earthquake and half-life engine shows the impact it has had on the independent world. The game’s dark humor, as well as its fourth-wall-breaking antics, have made it such a hit over the years, and it’s good to see that more people will be able to play it.
Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe Edition is playable on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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Source: Gamer on PC
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