What They Are & How To Avoid Them

Unfortunately, Cyberpunk 2077 has several triggers for people prone to epileptic seizures. Here are the most common triggers found in the game.

With just a couple of days to go before it officially launches, Cyberpunk 2077 is already making news amid accessibility concerns. At a time when accessibility in video games is seen as a priority by some studios, the new seizure warnings for Cyberpunk 2077 are a major cause for concern. There are several triggers found in the game which can cause epileptic seizures, and there’s currently no way to toggle them off. Here’s everything to know about the triggers, and how to protect yourself if you’re prone to epileptic seizures and still want to play the game.

The setting for Cyberpunk 2077 is the futuristic and dense megalopolis known as Night City. Because of this, there are a lot of scenes involving flashing light. These flashing lights, especially red and white light, are a major trigger for many people with epilepsy. This has been the main reason for the epilepsy warning, but it’s not the only seizure trigger found in Cyberpunk 2077.

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The pale blue light found in scenes involving Johnny Silverhand in Cyberpunk 2077 can be triggers for people with certain forms of epilepsy. Cyberpunk 2077’s braindances, which allow players to interact with memories through a mainframe, can be a major trigger as well. The animation alone uses rapid flashes of red and white light, and there’s currently no way to stop the animation from playing out. However, there are some ways to avoid these triggers – even though none of them are ideal.

How To Avoid Epilepsy Triggers In Cyberpunk 2077

It’s increasingly common for AAA games to have accessibility features, so it’s strange that CD Projekt Red used such major epilepsy triggers in Cyberpunk 2077 without including a way to turn them off. There are many quality and performance options in Cyberpunk 2077, but none of them include a way to lower red and white light flashes. With a game as hotly anticipated as Cyberpunk 2077, some people prone to seizures will still play the game, and thankfully there are some (frustrating) ways to try to avoid the triggers.

The best way to do this is to look away from the screen completely during Cyberpunk 2077’s Braindance animations, or pausing the game frequently to avoid prolonged flashing lights. Some TVs and monitors have modes that reduce certain kinds of light, such as lowering blue light. While none of these are surefire fixes for avoiding seizures during Cyberpunk 2077, they’re currently the only known ways to try to avoid epilepsy triggers while playing the game.

Right now, there’s no way to turn off the rapid red and white light that flashes during Cyberpunk 2077 Braindances and other nightlife scenes. CD Projekt Red may patch in the option at a later date, but it’s not available right now. People who are prone to epileptic seizures may want to avoid Cyberpunk 2077 for now, or at least look away from the screen during animations of flashing lights if they decide to try and play anyway.

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Updated: December 8, 2020 — 3:20 pm

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