Xbox executives Phil Spencer and Mike Ybarra posted some sneak peeks on Twitter of the new avatar options that will be available soon to Xbox users. The avatars teased include wheelchairs, showing that the company is attempting to be more inclusive and give people more options of how they represent themselves while gaming.
The whole thing started with a Twitter user with cerebral palsy asking Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley if they could have wheelchairs added to the avatar system. Blackley then tweeted at Xbox asking for the change.
— Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) July 3, 2016
Another user tweeted back at Blackley, saying he could start a petition, but then the Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, tweeted that they’d heard them, and that they’re working on it already. Another Xbox exec, Mike Ybarra, responded to Spencer and tweeted the sneak peek image of the avatar update.
— ♏️ike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) July 5, 2016
It’s pretty refreshing to see large video game companies start to make an effort to include and represent all of the different people who play games. While the execs said that the update is not far off, there has been no specific date set for the release of the new avatar choices.