Both Sony and Microsoft are considering to delay their respective Next-Gen Exclusive Games launch dates.
„Sony estimates that there will be no material impact on this business for the current fiscal year. Although no issues have emerged so far, Sony is carefully monitoring the risk of delays in production schedules for game software titles at both its first-party studios and partner studios, primarily in Europe and the U.S,” Sony’s website reads.
COVID-19 could affect two PlayStation 4-exclusives. One of them is Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II (which is set to come on May 29, the same day as a truckload of Nintendo Switch games and ports, discussed yesterday), and the other one is Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima (set to arrive on June 26). The former got delayed once before, so we’re not sure if Sony would agree to delay the game one more time.
Microsoft is in a similar situation. Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios, sent a statement to GameSpot: „We know that gaming connects people during times of social distancing, and we are committed to delivering the highest quality Xbox Game Studios games for our global community of players. At the same time, the health and safety of our Xbox Game Studios development teams is our top priority. Each studio is facing unique challenges and constraints depending on its particular location, and many of our external development partners around the world are similarly affected. We are supporting our studio leaders to make the right decisions for their teams and their individual games during this challenging time.”
At least three Next-Gen Exclusive Games could be affected (aside from those that aren’t announced yet – we have no clue about them): they are Obsidian’s garden survival Grounded (which would first launch in Early Access), Asobo’s Microsoft Flight Simulator, and Dontnod’s (Remember Me, Life Is Strange) Tell Me Why. (343 Industries is already working from home on Halo Infinite, as mentioned a few days ago)