January 26, 2023

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Square Enix warns players to update Balan Wonderworld to avoid epilepsy risk

Platform game Balan Wonderworld released earlier today, but the launch day has been troubled by reports that the final boss fight contains a potential epilepsy risk. Publisher Square Enix has now confirmed that this is a bug in the unpatched version of the game, and warned players to make sure they have the day one patch installed.

The warning comes in response to a video from YouTuber Bigdaddyjende, which showed some potentially hazardous flashing lights in the game’s final boss battle. (There’s a link here, but please note the footage contains a potential epilepsy trigger, so watch with caution.) It takes the form of a white flashing light, covering the entire screen with a strobe effect. Other videos of the same boss battle, however, did not show the flashing light effect – leading some to speculate that it was some form of bug.

According to Square Enix, the flashing is not intentional and is indeed caused by a bug in the unpatched version of the game.

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