Matt Booty says each studio faces “unique challenges and restraints.”
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 says its teams are facing “unique challenges and constraints” as they shift to a work-from-home setup.
The Xbox Series X is lined up to release this holiday with Halo Infinite as a launch title, and Microsoft remains committed to launching the Xbox Series X this year. (the company doubled down on that earlier in March. The impact COVID-19 has on in-development games such as Halo Infinite, Grounded, and Everwild 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.
Matt Booty Full Statement On COVID-19 Impact On Xbox Games:
“We know that gaming connects people during times of social distancing, and we are committed to delivering the highest quality Xbox Game Studios games for our global community of players. At the same time, the health and safety of our XGS development teams is our top priority. Each studio is facing unique challenges and constraints depending on its particular location, and many of our external development partners around the world are similarly affected. We are supporting our studio leaders to make the right decisions for their teams and their individual games during this challenging time.”
Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has also said the situation may get worse before it gets better:
“We’re removing all the obstacles in our path and tracking well, but need to be mindful of our current limitations and understand that the coronavirus situation may get worse before it gets better. Rest assured that every single one of us is doing everything in our power to continue developing and delivering quality Halo experiences while we adjust to this new way of life.”
Microsoft has never announced a release date for Halo Infinite, so there is no change on the scheduled Holiday 2020 launch.
(Source – gamespot)