The developers of the hotly awaited Cyberpunk 2077 video game are scrambling to include better warnings and provide a fix for parts of the game that can trigger epileptic seizures.
The game is set in a dystopian future where neon lights abound, but several parts of the game feature intense strobing effects that could have devastating impacts for some.
One reviewer has already reported she suffered a “major seizure” during the game.
I did have a bad seizure while playing this game but look, I get it. I'm stubborn, I'll push myself for something if the desire is high enough (don't be like me). If you have any sort of epilepsy leanings, here is what you need to know about Cyberpunk 2077. Be safe, friends 💚 https://t.co/ozAGV48hVC
— Liana Ruppert (@DirtyEffinHippy) December 7, 2020
Game Informer’s associate editor Liana Ruppert made the brave choice to push on to protect other gamers who want to play a title people have been waiting eight years for, after suffering one major seizure and experiencing “several moments” where she was close to another one.
Worse still, she’s also reported people are now sending her videos trying to trigger her to have another seizure, a toxic undertaking from a subset of gamers that already sent death threats to the developers after the game was delayed for the final time.
Warning: I’ve been sent hundreds of videos disguised as support that are deliberate flashing to induce photosensitive triggers. If you’re sharing this saying you’re epileptic and receive a video, don’t press play. I’m back to being on my ass.
Be better, please.
— Liana Ruppert (@DirtyEffinHippy) December 8, 2020
Cyberpunk 2077 developers CDProjektRed have announced they’re working on a fix.
Although a warning is included in the End User Licence Agreement (EULA).
Thank you for bringing this up. We’re working on adding a separate warning in the game, aside from the one that exists in the EULA (https://t.co/eXpPn73VSK). Regarding a more permanent solution, Dev team is currently exploring that and will be implementing it as soon as possible. https://t.co/lXFypnSit2
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) December 8, 2020
The developers are working on a “more permanent solution” that will be implemented “as soon as possible”.
This could include something like a toggle in the options to turn off any such effects.
The game already has toggles to turn off things like copyrighted music so that people streaming gameplay don’t get hit with take down notices.