Kojima Productions has announced that the PC port for Death Stranding has been delayed one month as the studio acclimates to its work-from-home setup due to coronavirus concerns.
The company made the announcement on its social channels, where it announced the previously-PS4-exclusive action game would now be coming to PC on July 14, about a month and change from its original June release date. The full statement reads as follows:
“Following the temporary closure of Kojima Productions, we have had to delay the PC launch of Death Stranding to July 14, 2020, to allow more development time amidst the current work-from-home orders in place. Thank you all for your patience and continued support!
While the delay might sting for folks who have been waiting since the game launched on PlayStation 4 in November to play it, it is a relatively small push back, and the safety of the developers should be everyone’s priority right now.
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Death Stranding is hardly the first or the last game to see delays during this pandemic, as several companies big and small have been seeing significant shifts in their calendar this year due the coronavirus. Games like the Switch port of Outer Worlds were delayed earlier this year, but that one in particular has a new release date after being pushed out of March. Not every game has gotten that kind of good news, however, as Sony made the decision to delay The Last of Us: Part II and Iron Man VR “until further notice,” even going as far as to cancel digital pre-orders of both games until a new release date is nailed down.
Outside of game releases, the industry is being affected in more ways when you look at events like E3, GDC, and Gamescom. While each of these events are held at different points in the year, each of them have been officially cancelled or postponed so they don’t bring in large groups of people into a confined area where the virus could possibly spread. E3 2020 has been completely cancelled, while Gamescom is no longer holding a physical event and is shifting entirely to a digital one with all presentations and announcements taking place online. GDC seems a little more optimistic about things, as it’s planning to hold a new event called “GDC Summer” in August. However, given that Gamescom was cancelled and was also supposed to take place during that month, it wouldn’t be surprising if GDC Summer becomes GDC Fall or GDC Winter.
Beyond even those events, which were set to take place in the next two to four months, Blizzard isn’t writing off the possibility of cancelling Blizzcon this year, which takes place annually every November. Sure doesn’t paint a great picture of how things are going to be between now and then, huh?