Switch and the impact of the Coronavirus: possible postponements of games ‘if the effects of the pandemic are prolonged’
Nintendo issued a statement on the impact the pandemic of COVID-19 could have on the launch of the games for Switch in 2020, stating that there could be postponements if the “effects” of the virus “prolong or worsen further”.
Microsoft and Sony have made similar statements in previous months, with delays for titles like Minecraft Dungeons, Wasteland 3, Marvel’s Iron Man, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima.
Compared to the two giants, however, Nintendo has not yet announced titles that should be launched this year, to avoid news of postponements that would damage its business or, simply, because the big N doesn’t really know when these launches could take place in such conditions. uncertain.
“If the effects of COVID-19 are prolonged or worsen further, plans could be impacted due to the difference in development environments between work from home and in the office,” says Nintendo.
“In particular, the impact on foreign subsidiaries and other affiliated companies involved in the development is expected to be even more difficult to predict than in Japan.”
The company believes that “due to these factors, we may not be able to proceed with Nintendo product launches and services as planned.”
However, COVID-19 hasn’t slowed software sales, Animal Crossing: New Horizons had the best launch since Switch’s release.
While no details were shared, Nintendo said “this is also true for other publishers, so it may not be possible to deliver game content on Nintendo platforms as intended.”
Apparently there may be other referrals that may not be closely linked to Nintendo but also to other developers and publishers working on the Switch.
According to rumors, plans were planned for Mario’s 35th anniversary, which should involve more remasters of the franchise; a Paper Mario game would also be in preparation. However, it is unclear when these games might be launched or even announced.
At the moment Nintendo has revealed only one triple A title for 2020, that is Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, scheduled for May 29.
In related news, we learned the latest sales figures for Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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