One of many largest video games of the yr, “Cyberpunk 2077,” is about to be launched, however developer CD Projekt Purple is already underneath fireplace for an early sport sequence with the potential to induce seizures. Gamers with epilepsy must be warned that there’s at the moment no technique to skip this, and the visible characteristic can be repeated all through the sport.
Strobing lights can induce seizures in some individuals vulnerable to them, however that hasn’t stopped many high-profile video games from together with them for impact. Normally there’s a boilerplate warning on boot saying it is a risk, however in most video games it’s extra of a warning that there might doubtlessly be flashing lights of this sort, for instance if a number of flashbang grenades went off one after the opposite. Many video games additionally supply an choice to cut back the depth of flashing lights or in any other case change their look, together with different choices for accessibility.
“Cyberpunk” appears to tread particularly harmful territory basically, as its sport world is stuffed with the type of seedy, flickering-neon lighting one associates with a dirty, futuristic dystopia. However inside the first few hours of the sport there’s a far more extreme and thoughtlessly designed occasion that has already caused a reviewer at Game Informer to experience a seizure. It entails the (in any other case fairly attention-grabbing) “braindances,” or BDs, which let your character relive experiences recorded by others, by donning a particular headset… that boots up with intense flashing lights:
When “suiting up” for a BD, particularly with Judy, V can be given a headset that’s meant to onset the occasion. The headset matches over each eyes and includes a speedy onslaught of white and purple blinking LEDs, very similar to the precise system neurologists use in actual life to set off a seizure when they should set off one for prognosis functions. If not modeled off of the IRL design, it’s a really spot-on coincidence, and due to that that is one side that I might personally advise you to keep away from altogether. Once you discover the headset come into play, look away utterly or shut your eyes. This can be a sample of lights designed to set off an epileptic episode and it very a lot did that in my very own private playthrough.
You possibly can see the occasion referred to within the screenshot above (taken afterwards, however you possibly can see the system). I recall this second fairly clearly from my very own playthrough, and keep in mind considering it was somewhat an intense lightshow certainly. Sadly for this individual, it induced a critical episode and will accomplish that for a lot of others upon its launch on the tenth.
Among the many many choices for altering the looks of “Cyberpunk 2077,” there isn’t one for lowering flashing lights that I may discover. I’ve requested CD Projekt Purple about this and hopefully they’ll ship one thing to mitigate the problem at or close to launch. The corporate did say on Twitter that it was looking into a solution.