In a statement to IGN, Square Enix has confirmed that the effect was unintentional, and is removed by a Day 1 patch to the game: “Please ensure that you install the Day1 Patch before playing Balan Wonderworld. We have received reports of a photo-sensitive epilepsy risk from a potential flashing bug if playing the game un-patched. The Day 1 Patch prevents this issue as well as enhances the overall play experience.”
Upon its release, Cyberpunk 2077 was also cited as including effects that caused seizures in those with photo-sensitive epilepsy. Those effects were subsequently removed in an update, with a warning added to the game.
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