Photosensitivity Tips to Help With Potential Risks

By Liana Ruppert and Drew Tucker

In September 2021, we shared our initiative into making sure all players that want to enjoy Destiny 2 can. This includes many areas of making games more accessible, including areas of game design that can negatively impact those with photosensitivity concerns.

Destiny 2 may contain flashing patterns and images that may produce adverse effects for a small percentage of people sensitive to them.

A common misconception about seizures is that they can only happen in those who have been diagnosed with epilepsy. That is, unfortunately, not the case - they can occur in anyone for a plethora of reasons. There is also no "one type" of photosensitive seizure, which can make navigating safety concerns tricky. As mentioned previously, this is a slow and steady process for us here at Bungie but it is something we are committed to.

So, what can you do in the meantime? Here are some tips:

Negative Reaction Triggers Navigate Potential Risks

First, keep an eye out for what can help elevate the risks of epileptic reactions, such as:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Specific hours of the day
  • When you're ill or with a fever
  • Stress
  • Flashing lights at a certain rate, speed, and color (most commonly red and white)
  • Alcohol or excessive drug consumption
  • Women can sometimes be more susceptible when on their menstrual cycle
  • Diet restriction, drastic changes in diet
  • Certain medications
  • Heat or extreme cold
  • Hormone shifts
  • Excess caffeine

With strides of improvement being made in gaming, it's still very much a learning process. We, as with many other studios, will continue to evolve and learn. Our community plays a major role in that, so if you have any accessibility-related concerns to share, please feel free to share them with us through our Help Forum.