Phew, Cyberpunk 2077 Will Let You Embiggen Its Tiny Subtitles

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Phew, Cyberpunk 2077 Will Let You Embiggen Its Tiny Subtitles
Screenshot: CD Projekt Red/Kotaku

CD Projekt Red recently shared a screenshot of a scene from Cyberpunk 2077 with subtitles turned on, which immediately made the internet’s eyes hurt. Fortunately, the publisher now says players will have some options for that tiny text bigger.

Here’s the shot CD Project Red tweeted out on Friday:

Image: CD Projekt Red Image: CD Projekt Red

“Those subtitles are next to impossible to read,” one person, summing up a lot of people’s fears, tweeted back on Sunday night. “Why make something no one can read that needs to be read?”

The developer responded by tweeting back, “You’ll be able to adjust those (colour / size).” CD Projekt Red didn’t go into any more detail, and declined to elaborate when Kotaku reached out for comment, but at the very least it sounds like players will be able to make Cyberpunk 2077’s subtitles stand out more than The Witcher 3’s.

Tiny-arse fonts have been a big problem for a number of years now. Some developers have addressed the issue by patching in options for font size sliders and big-text modes. The Witcher 3 was one of the bigger offenders back when it first came out, to the point where I took screenshots of in-game books and item descriptions and sent them to my phone so I could look at them later. CD Projekt Red eventually patched The Witcher 3 to increase the text size, but years later it’s still on the small side.

Hopefully a version of Cyberpunk 2077’s subtitle options applies for the rest of its in-game text as well.

Comments

  • More options are always better. I’d hate for larger subtitles to be the only choice, though… I much prefer them out of the way and I have no problem reading them at the size that apparently causes everyone to complain.

    We suffered through oversized subtitles and other UI elements in the early days of ‘console-first, port to PC’, and it’s a big part of what makes many of those games difficult to play today.

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