Niantic has responded to reports that a recent update is too Pokémon Go causes flashing images that could potentially harm light-sensitive players. The developer replied to various outlets, stating that they are working “as soon as possible” to fix the problem.
The problem was first reported The Silph Road Reddit, and explains that when players tapped a Pokémon to catch it, a “bright white lightning bolt” occurred when transitioning to the capture screen. One player with epilepsy said he got sick during the game and said there were “signs of a”[n] incoming confiscation. “
Others responded quickly saying they noticed the difference too, others reported having seizures after playing. After this was picked up by websites like Comic book, Niantic responded with explanations, stating that this was due to a recent change in the game that “changed the transition time between screens.” They added that they intend to release an update “this week” to address the issue.
It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time light-sensitive gamers have reported issues with blinking white transitions in Pokémon Go. A year ago another similar report was made
Since I’m completely insensitive to light, I hadn’t noticed a difference in the transitions, which always seem tiresome, slippery to me, but this is clearly a solid warning for those at risk of seizures to avoid the game maybe until after the weekend. Which is annoying, since the Solstice event is currently in play, alongside the proud special research A Seven-Colored Shadow.