The coronavirus outbreak currently ravaging mainland China has been having adverse effects on the video game market. Nintendo has reported production and shipment delays on the Nintendo Switch and related peripherals in Japan, as well as a delay on the Animal Crossing themed Switch. Not to mention various gaming events in the area having to delay, cancel or move. However, the coronavirus is also affecting the release dates for video games. Take-Two Interactive announced in their third quarter earnings report that the Switch port of The Outer Worlds would be delayed from its March 6 release date. Take-Two Interactive subsidiary Private Division, the publishers of The Outer Worlds, clarified in a tweet why the game was being delayed:
We’re delaying @OuterWorlds on Nintendo Switch due to the coronavirus impacting the Virtuos team working on the port, to provide them enough time to finish development. We’ll now be releasing the physical version on cartridge. Once we have a new launch date, we’ll let you know!— Pirate Division (@PrivateDivision) February 6, 2020
Virtuous Games, the team behind the Switch port of The Outer Worlds, is a studio founded in Shanhai in 2004. They've worked with a variety of companies on games such as Batman: Return to Arkham, LA Noire, and Dark Souls Remastered. CEO Gilles Langouriex posted a statement on Linkedin on January 30 providing updates on their business during the coronavirus. Business-wise, the biggest takeaways are that the studios won't reopen until February 10 and clients should expect "...at least a week's delay in deliveries." Langouriex reported that all staff are healthy and haven't reported any signs of infection.
However, there is a silver lining to this announcement. Private Division mentioned in their tweet that the Switch port for The Outer Worlds will now have an actual physical edition with a cartridge. Originally, if you were to buy the physical edition, the case for the game would only have a voucher for downloading the digital edition. There's no official word on when the Switch port will be out, but Take-Two said in their earnings report that it would be sometime after April?
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