It recently came to light that Cyberpunk 2077 has some sections that could trigger epileptic seizures, and now developer CD Projekt Red has followed through on a promise to add a warning to the game about this. Reporter Elise Favis wrote on Twitter that the game now boots up with a warning regarding a risk of seizures.
The text states that Cyberpunk 2077 features a “variety of visual effects,” some of which can provoke seizures or a loss of consciousness for some people. “If you or someone in your family has ever displayed symptoms of epilepsy in the presence of flashing lights, please consult your physician before playing CYberpunk 2077,” reads the message. “If you or someone you know experiences any of the above symptoms while playing, stop and seek medical attention immediately.”
Booted up Cyberpunk 2077 to see a seizure warning come up at the start of the game that wasn't there before. Really amazing to see how @DirtyEffinHippy helped make meaningful change happen for the safety of players. 👏 pic.twitter.com/ItNwuLOxla
— Elise Favis (@elisefavis) December 10, 2020
Liana Ruppert of Game Informer was the first to shine a light on this matter. Ruppert said on Twitter that multiple AAA studios have reached out regarding this and what they can do to ensure their own games are inclusive when it comes to neurological accessibility.
“Since this started, I’ve had 4 major AAA studios reach out to me saying this article has caused them to re-evaluate their dev process and more inclusive regarding neurological accessibility,” Ruppert said. “I’ll take all of the abuse and hate if it means gamers can game safely THANK YOU!”
In addition to this in-game warning, CD Projekt Red has said it will develop a “more permanent solution” to address the matter. The developers are currently exploring this and it will be implemented “as soon as possible.”
GameSpot’s review of Cyberpunk 2077 awarded the game a 7/10. “So much of (Cyberpunk 2077) is superficial set dressing, and there’s so much happening all around you–ads going off at all times, gunfights breaking out in the streets, texts coming in about cars you’ll never buy–that a lot of the game feels superfluous,” wrote reviewer Kallie Plagge. “The side quests and the characters they showcase are the shining beacon through the neon-soaked bleakness of Night City, and they give you room to explore the best the core RPG mechanics have to offer. These are what carried me through an otherwise disappointing experience.”
Cyberpunk 2077 only just released, and it’s already crossed 1 million concurrent players on Steam, making it the most popular game on the entire platform.
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