While there was indeed coronavirus at Kojima Productions, the authors of Death Stranding are not at risk.
The tsunami of information related to the health crisis continues to wreak havoc on all economic activities and video games do not escape this reality. Now it was the turn of Kojima Productions, authors of Death Stranding. Early Monday morning, the studio announced the closure of its Tokyo offices after a developer with an unknown identity tested positive for coronavirus.
The employee in question had been sent home since March 20, but his test results came in today and were positive, so Kojima Productions made the determination to:
- Temporarily close the office floor.
- Disinfect work facilities.
- Send the entire team to work from home.
- Monitor and support the health of the team.
According to the World Health Organization, the incubation time for the virus ranges from 1 to 14 days, but on average, symptoms appear after 5 days. The infected developer was not in the office when the symptoms appeared and, with that in mind, Kojima acknowledges that he is not obligated to close, but with coronavirus at Kojima Productions, he prefers not to take risks and does well, after all, there is the remote possibility that some with whom he was in contact with the developer on March 19 could still manifest symptoms throughout this week.
” Kojima Productions will continue to work closely with health authorities to take additional measures to prevent the spread to the extent possible.” Japan records 1,866 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 436 are in Tokyo.
In related information, the Los Angeles Convention Center, where E3 is commonly held, was converted yesterday into a field hospital to relieve county hospitals of the pandemic.
You can read our review of Death Stranding here. It’s kind of scary, how this game can be related to current reality.