Wed, 10 Feb 2021 20:16:31
Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt Red (CDPR) developers are rolling out an update for the game that could reduce the potential for some sequences to induce epilepsy symptoms.
Earlier this week, Game Informer editor Liana Ruppert revealed The risk of seizure. Hotfix 1.04 is now available on PlayStation consoles and PCs, and CDPR is working to have the update out “as soon as possible” on Xbox.
CDPR says it has changed the appearance of its “braindance” sequence. During this sequence, a device set in front of your character’s eyes emits red and white light. The effects are similar to what neurologists actually do to trigger seizures for diagnosis, according to Ruppert, who reported that she suffered from epileptic episodes while playing games.
The effect of flashing during braindance has “smoothed out and the flashes reduced in frequency and magnitude,” according to CDPR’s patch notes. Ruppert said she’s working with the studio this week to help test the fix. “I think this will help MANY epileptics and non-epileptics feel safer in #Cyberpunk2077,” Ruppert said.
The update has many other fixes, including one for an issue where some copyrighted songs would play even when the player had changed a setting to disable copyrighted music from playing. CDPR has warned streamers to turn off all in-game music on Thursday as a temporary solution to avoid possibly triggering a DMCA strike.
Despite the many early Cyberpunk 2077 issues, including reports of poor performance on older consoles, the game has been a big financial success so far. CDPR has recovered its total development and marketing costs purely through digital pre-orders, according to documents on the CDPR investors’ website (PDF). The game has more than eight million preorders, CDPR announced on Wednesday.
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Cyberpunk 2077 also broke Steam’s concurrent player record for a single-player play, peaking at more than 1 million concurrent players on Thursday, according to SteamDB. That figure is more than double the previous record held by Fallout 4, which had a peak of more than 470,000 concurrent players in 2015.
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