Cyberpunk 2077, one of the biggest games of the year, arrives this week, but eager fans may need to be aware of some potentially dangerous visuals.
Critics are getting their hands on the long-awaited CD Projekt Red game ahead of its official release this Thursday, and Game Informer’s Liana Rupert reports that certain sequences use flashing light patterns known to cause epileptic episodes.
There are reports of « lots of red glitch animations » throughout Cyberpunk 2077, and « a flashing pale blue glitch effect » highlighting scenes with Johnny Silverhandsâplayed by Keanu Reaves, and a major selling / marketing point. They are known to be common photosensitive triggers for epileptic seizures.
More intense, however, are the « Braindance » sequences, where the player makes a deep cybernetic dive into memories. Vâthe’s character wears headphones « much like the device neurologists use in real life to trigger a seizure when they need to trigger one for diagnosis, » and the effects of the glitches that follow are « a rapid onslaught of white LEDs and flashing reds […] a pattern of lights designed to trigger an epileptic episode. «
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« Most of this is a trigger and this is something that gave me a big seizure while playing, » Rupert wrote.
British Epilepsy Action Foundation called CD Projekt Red about the decision, stating that « these features are unsafe and should have been avoided to make the game more accessible », adding « photosensitivity attacks can be triggered by flashing or flashing lights or patterns. between 16 and 25 times per second. » But some people are sensitive to rates as low as 3 or as high as 60 per second. «
At the time of writing, CD Projekt Red has not yet responded to the question.
Rupert mentioned turning down the screen brightness, using colorblind modes, or just looking away from the screen to mitigate the effects of these sequences, but we hope Cyberpunk 2077 will fix this with future patches. The kits carry generic warnings about flashing lights and epileptic hazards, but these design options are above the norm.
More information on epilepsy and photosensitive triggers can be found on the Epilepsy Action website, or through the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance.