Recently, I expressed my disappointment that Rare would exclude so much of its fanbase and target audience in the upcoming Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts by making the text nigh-unreadable on a standard-definition television. Worse still was when they were aware of the problem, and apparently had little intention of doing anything about it.
This did not set well with many a gamer. Though some looked down from on high and said “just get an HD set,” this was not such an easy solution for many gamers, myself included. How many children (no doubt one major demographic for Banjo), for example, are likely to just be given an HDTV by their parents? Oh, certainly some are quite likely… and good for them, but looking at how the other half lives, it’s not so likely.
Thankfully, it seems to have become a non-issue, as Rare has seemingly seen the error of their ways, and will now be offering a patch within 30 days to fix the problem:
“It has come to our attention that people are experiencing subtitle readability issues with Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts on Standard Definition TVs. We would like to assure you that contrary to earlier reports, we are aware of the issue and currently working on a title update to be released within the next 30 days that will fix it for those with Standard Definition TVs. We’re committed to ensuring all fans of the franchise are able to have the best experience possible with Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.” — Banjo Blog
And so there was much rejoicing. Though I still wonder if they may fix the demo as well.
I sure hope so, because otherwise, I really have little idea just what in the hell I’m supposed to be doing.