After three pushbacks on various release dates, Cyberpunk 2077 was finally released worldwide today. Reception to the long awaited RPG from The Witcher developers CD Projeckt Red has been positive but it hasn’t all been smooth sailing. One overwhelmingly glaring issue is the use of rapidly blinking lights in the game which caused an epileptic seizure for a reviewer from Game Informer. Unfortunately, there was no initial warning giving in regards to this.
Game Informer writer Liana Ruppert recently wrote an article titled “Cyberpunk 2077 Epileptic PSA” in which she details possible triggers for those with epilepsy- photosensitive epilepsy more specifically- that occur within the game, referring in particular to multiple scenes of red and white flashing lights. Ruppert writes that whilst playing the game she “suffered one major seizure” and also had “several moments where (she) was close to another one”. Ruppert’s article is essential to those with epilepsy who are considering playing the game as there was initially no warning from CD Projeckt Red in regards to this. Since her article was published, the Cyberpunk 2077 official Twitter account thanked her for bringing up the issues and announced that they will be adding a separate warning surrounding the problem. They also stated that they are looking for “a more permanent solution” in their Tweet also, which I will post below. The charity Epilepsy Action also provided a warning on their Twitter account in regards to the matter following Ruppert’s article, which is hugely helpful to those following the account who may have considered buying the game.
I think this is a very important issue and I’m not sure how this could have gotten through the development process without anyone flagging it up. With the multiple delays, it is likely that the team were pushed in the final few months of the development. It’s possible that this crunch is how it was missed. Either way, it’s good that CD Projeckt Red immediately acknowledged the issue and outlined their plans to make the game a safe and enjoyable experience for all players. My brother has epilepsy and seizures are a frightening thing to witness, let alone experience them first hand. I feel for Ruppert in that she had to go through this whilst trying to enjoy a long awaited game but thankfully, her experience and her following article has made it possible to ensure that no one else will have to go through this.