"Access+" - that's the name of a newly founded Asmodee studio, which focuses on the development of accessible games for all people. According to the publisher, research results are used for this. The launch will take place with the games Dobble, Cortex and Timeline, which will initially be released in France, Belgium and Canada and in 2023 worldwide as modified Access-plus games.

Board game publisher Asmodee announced the creation of Access+, a board game studio adapting Asmodee's popular titles for gamers with cognitive disabilities. “Access+” games are developed based on clinical data from Asmodee's research and development department, Asmodee Research. The titles open the world of board games to everyone by making the games more accessible and offering a playstyle that is welcoming to patients, families and carers. To launch the new studio, Access+ will develop the games Dobble Access+, Cortex Access+ and Timeline Access+, based on three of Asmodee's most popular games, and will be available in France, Belgium and Canada in late 2022 and globally in 2023.

External committee to contribute expertise

To bring additional expertise to the development of the games, Asmodee has engaged an external scientific committee of grooming experts. Together with these external researchers, Access+ will develop games for gamers whose cognitive disorders affect language, social relationships, attention, emotional control, planning and memory. Access+'s mission is to create board games for all players while making a positive social impact. The Access+ team and its partners will adapt and test the material, rules and difficulty of their titles in order to stimulate cognitive functions, encourage positive emotions and social interaction and rediscover or rediscover the joy of playing together.

"Asmodee has invested in scientific research over several years to demonstrate the societal impact of board games," said Mikaël Le Bourhis, Head of Asmodee Research. "Now we're ready to put that research into practice with Access+, creating games that are not only fun, but also provide real, tested benefits for people with special needs, starting with cognitive disabilities."

“We created Access+ because at Asmodee we believe that board games are universal. By starting to adapt some of our most popular titles to everyone's needs, we can make board games as inclusive and accessible as possible,” said Stéphane Carville, CEO of Asmodee. “As an industry leader, we want to create products that can really make a difference in people's lives. Playing board games is a social activity and Access+ titles allow families and friends to bring their special needs loved ones back to the fun of board games and create moments of happiness that can only come from shared experiences.”

Access+ games are ideal for doctors, schools and caregivers who care for people with special needs, including those with cognitive disabilities. Accessibility features include larger, thicker, easier-to-hold maps, customized rules, multiple difficulty levels, and a "single-player" version to encourage patient autonomy. Each game will be accompanied by a booklet written by scientific experts explaining the benefits of each game.

For more information and a video trailer about Access+ and its games, visit the studio's website: www.accessplus-asmodee.com.

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