Wipeout, famous amongst Playstation enthusiasts isn’t being plagued by technical errors or weird bugs, no it’s failed the epilepsy test according to various sources. Sony doesn’t confirm this however, according to them it’s a specific technical problem that’s really tricky to resolve.
Last week Sony issued a statement that Wipeout HD, the latest iteration in the series isn’t ready yet, and came up with the aforementioned excuse. This seemed like a valid reason, although many people who got to see the game (including Playstatic last year) say that the framerate is smooth as silk and everything works like a charm. Apparently Sony submitted the game to quality control where it failed the epilepsy test. At least one people got to enjoy the game for a bit until he suffered from a seizure. What a wonderful job he must have.
However, one possible explanation for the silence is that the game’s blisteringly fast 60 frames a second refresh rate coupled with the strobing background scenery and constant bobbing of the craft is causing electrical disturbances in people suffering from epilepsy. Certainly games of this ilk have been known to cause motion sickness, but the high-tec imagery used in WipEout HD and the flashing lights might well be adding up to more serious issues, and does go some way to back up what Reeves said last week.
Whether this is true or not, the sad fact remains that we won’t be playing Wipeout HD for a while. We’ll definitely keep you posted on this.
Thanks to Lotus 111s for submitting this news.