Wonderworld Balance, a new game from two of the original creators of Sonic the Hedgehog, is available today. But before you jump into the game, make sure you’ve installed your day one patch. Corrects sequences in a “potential intermittent error” that could present a risk of seizures. On Thursday, a video of the game’s final boss fight was uploaded to YouTube, and in it, there are occasional moments where the entire screen is invaded by quick white flashes without warning.
“We have received reports of a risk of photosensitive epilepsy due to a possible intermittent error if played without patching,” Wonderworld Balance bill said on Twitter. “The day 1 patch avoids this issue and improves the overall gaming experience.”
Make sure to install the day 1 patch before playing.
We have received reports of a risk of photosensitive epilepsy due to a possible flicker error if played without patching the game.
The day 1 patch avoids this issue and improves the overall gaming experience.
– Balan Wonderworld (@balanwworld) March 26, 2021
The patch comes after Game informer Editor Liana Ruppert wrote about the dangerous video on Thursday. You might recognize Ruppert as the person who wrote about experiencing a grand mal seizure while playing games. Cyberpunk 2077 prior to its release, prompting developer CD Projekt Red to release a patch one day after the game’s release by making changes.
Ruppert said people informed him of the Wonderworld Balance video on Thursday, and when he started watching it, “I had to turn it off immediately. Instantly my right side fell and I could feel the start of an episode. “
Then he made a PSA on Twitter about the video and heard some scary stories from other people who watched it, even from people with no history of epilepsy.
Since that tweet was posted, many people have reached out, including developers and other QA developers, saying they weren’t even epileptic, but felt “weird” after seeing it. My husband, who had no previous epilepsy problems or neurological triggers, complained of feeling dizzy before vomiting. Several others reported the same.
I also watched the video in question yesterday and again while writing this article. My eyes hurt for almost an hour and my stomach is a bit upset even after watching it in a small YouTube window. I can see how someone at risk of seizures could be particularly vulnerable if they were playing games on their television at home and this error happened. (I’m not linking to the video because, in my opinion, it’s that bad.)
Typically, there are Many opportunities to detect this type of error, such as in quality control tests or through the platform certification process. Somehow, however, this apparently It seems that a dangerous bug has escaped all those possible controls.
I will give the Wonderworld Balance the developers and publisher Square Enix have some credit as they have already addressed the issue with the day one patch. And CD Projekt Red also acted quickly to fix Cyberpunk 2077. But these shouldn’t have been problems in the first place, and developers, publishers, and platform owners need stricter processes to ensure their games don’t pose health risks.