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.
Please ensure that you install the Day 1 Patch before playing.
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.
— Balan Wonderworld (@balanwworld) March 26, 2021
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.)