Balan Wonderworld day 1 patch photo-sensitive epilepsy risk seizure Square Enix Balan Company Yuji Naka Naoto Ohshima

Square Enix and Balan Company’s Balan Wonderworld is a game with some really bad energy surrounding it. The title launched today on Nintendo Switch and numerous other platforms, yet the press received no review copies of the game in advance of the release — which is often a sign that the publisher lacks confidence in the game. Indeed, we lost our confidence in the game following its deeply flawed demo. However, it gets even worse, as Square Enix had to issue a day 1 patch for Balan Wonderworld today to address a photo-sensitive epilepsy risk that appears in the game’s final battle, which is somehow already available to view online on PlayStation 5.

In the video below, you can find pretty excessive blinking lights at 11:35, 12:40, and 14:57. Needless to say, do not watch this Balan Wonderworld video if you may be at risk of experiencing photo-sensitive epilepsy. Also, you probably shouldn’t watch it if you actually intend to play the game either.

Square Enix describes the excessive blinking lights as a “bug,” and the Balan Wonderworld day 1 patch rectifies the issue.

When Sonic the Hedgehog co-creators Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima first announced this whimsical 3D platformer, fan hopes rose to the ceiling. Now, cruel reality is gradually settling in that we may be headed for another Mighty No. 9 situation. (Although, for the record, I’m a weirdo who enjoyed Mighty No. 9 and still appreciates Keiji Inafune.)

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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