Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions has announced it will not be attending the 2020 Game Developer Conference in San Francisco this March over concerns about the coronavirus.
There were two highly anticipated talks on Death Stranding scheduled at the conference.
An official announcement on the Kojima Productions Twitter account reads:
“Kojima Productions has made the difficult decision to cancel our participation at the 2020 Game Developers Conference due to increasing concerns related to novel coronavirus. Although much-anticipated, unfortunately this cancellation also includes Hideo Kojima’s session on the 19th and Eric Johnson’s session on the 16th.”
Hideo Kojima’s March 19 session was called ‘Death Stranding’s Design Philosophy’. It has since been been removed from the site.
Kojima Productions’ GDC cancellation comes after Sony pulled out of PAX East last week (despite promising a floor demo of The Last of Us Part 2) and pulled out of GDC the next day.
Square Enix recently pulled out of PAX East, as well.
The Taipei Game Show was ALSO cancelled entirely back in January due to coronavirus fears.