Following suit with other battle royale games like Fortnite and PUBG, Blackout is set to finally add an option which will allow you to sprint without repeated button pressing on console.
Currently, Blackout on both Xbox One and PS4 requires players to press left stick down to sprint, and then continue to push the stick forward and down to carry on.
In both Fortnite and PUBG, players can simply double press the left stick, which will make their character sprint endlessly, until the player touches the left stick again.
This can be frustrating and painful for the thumbs of fully able players, but is even more of an issue for those with physical disabilities, in some cases making it almost impossible to play.
One such player posted a plea to Treyarch on Reddit, reminding them once again that this feature needed added ASAP, explaining how necessary it is “for all us handicapped Gamers who cannot constantly press the left thumbstick forward to Run long distances.”
Thankfully, Treyarch developer Matt Scronce quickly responded, and reassured players that they are “working on getting into the game on console as soon as possible.”
Due to the nature of Battle Royale, with a large map often meaning players need to sprint for long distances either to escape enemies or the encroaching storm, an auto-sprint option should save many console players from aching thumbs.
Blackout has been receiving the same attention as the traditional multiplayer and Zombies modes, with frequent updates and Blackout specific tuning since launch, as Treyarch stays true to its word of keeping it an ever-evolving experience.
The addition of auto-sprint may seem a minor adjustment in the grand scheme of things, but will contribute to the overall polished feel, and of course be of biggest benefit to disabled players.