Xbox Releases Statement On COVID-19’s Impact On Exclusive Game Development

Microsoft has released a statement regarding the impact of COVID-19 on its upcoming exclusive Xbox and PC games. In short, no projects have been officially delayed, but Microsoft has acknowledged that its teams are facing “unique challenges and constraints” as they shift to a work-from-home setup.

2020 is a crucial year for Microsoft and the Xbox brand, as the Xbox Series X is lined up to release this holiday with Halo Infinite as a launch title. Microsoft remains committed to launching the Xbox Series X this year–the company doubled down on that earlier in March. But what impact COVID-19 has on in-development games–such as Halo Infinite, Grounded, and Everwild, among others–remains to be seen.

Echoing Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s previous statements, Booty said the health and safety of its development teams is Microsoft’s “top priority” currently. Additionally, the types of challenges that Microsoft’s development teams are facing are also impacting other developers around the world, he said. Just recently, Bethesda delayed the much-anticipated Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 due to the coronavirus.

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