In response to concerns over potentially harmful accessibility filters in Tekken 8, the game's director, Katushiro Harada, announced imminent changes to these features. The controversy began with a viral tweet showcasing a risky filter combination: black-and-white striped characters against a stark white background, raising alarms about photosensitivity issues.
Accessibility experts, including Ian Hamilton and EA’s Morgan Baker, have warned that such filters could cause severe health reactions akin to the notorious Pokémon episode incident. While the dangerous filter requires multiple steps to activate, its potential health risks are significant.
Addressing the issue, Harada noted that the color vision options are still under development, and the team is working with research institutions to improve them. During the Tekken World Tour 2023 Finals, Harada, through producer Michael Murray, reassured fans that the demo's accessibility features were a work in progress and had been substantially modified.
Although it's unclear if these changes will be implemented in the game's launch on January 26, this development represents a critical step toward safer and more inclusive gaming experiences.