Talk about a game-breaking bug. The coronavirus has affected people on all corners of the globe. The company Private Division informed fans of their current status via Twitter.
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!
— Private Division (@PrivateDivision) February 6, 2020
The Private Divison team’s affected branch is located in Munich, Germany. The coronavirus is active in that city, which granted employees of the team to take time off. In a second Tweet, the company discussed how none of their employees are directly affected. The Twitter page also stated that the company would be working directly with the team, as to create a new timeline for the game to be released.
On Twitter, every users applauded the transparency displayed by the company.
Yo forget the game, the most important thing is making sure the employees are okay and getting the medical attention they need!
— Cherry (@TheGamerCherry) February 6, 2020
Safe and healthy employees > video games
— Corey Cooper (@MetroidFREAK21) February 6, 2020
The game is a sci-fi RPG made by Obsidian Entertainment. That should be a familiar name to gamers, as the company co-created the Fallout series. You can see Obsidian’s influence over the game, as the plot line, character features, and even in-game culture are all similar to other Fallout games.
In the game, you are a colonizer to another planet that’s been cyrogenically frozen for over 70 years. Upon being saved, the player must roam around a foreign and fictitious planet, that’s been torn apart by corporations and capitalistic greed. Plus, the planet has retained a 1950’s American culture that makes the planet feel much more alive. Oh yeah, there are also mutated alien creatures that roam the planet too.
The original release date was set for March 6, but now we must await for a new announcement from the company.