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‘Star Citizen’ Adds American Sign Language Emotes

Cloud Imperium Games is adding American Sign Language support to “Star Citizen” in the form of emotes as part of a community collaboration.

The emotes, for Deaf and hard of hearing players, represent common phrases that gamers may want to express, such as “hello,” “thank you,” and “have a seat” as well as the odd choice of “bulls–t, rude” which can be seen in the “Star Citizen”: Around the Verse – The Sound of Fury developer video. Animator Steve Bender runs down the emotes’ creation in the clip.

“We have a lot of community members who are hard of hearing or maybe deaf and they don’t interact with the game in the same way that someone who hears voice would do so,” said Bender. “We engaged one of our community members to work with us on coming up with a series of emotes so that community members who are hearing impaired can role-play in the world like how they would want to do so.”

The sign language emotes don’t include facial expressions to go along with the hand motions, but those are something apparently still coming to the game in the future.

“I’m really happy for the community to have this opportunity to be able to roleplay and to express themselves in the way that they see fit,” said Bender.

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“Star Citizen” is currently available on PC in its Alpha 3.4 stage. You can join the game via the official website and choose a starter pack to jump into the ambitious space game now.

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