Sony issued a statement regarding the impact of the coronavirus on its businesses, addressing the release of The Last of Us 2 and other PS4 games.
With the coronavirus pandemic spreading and disrupting life as we know it, businesses have been impacted in a number of ways. Certain industries have been hit harder than others but gaming, outside of eSports, has been largely unaffected thus far.
Many companies have shifted to a work from home model to keep things in motion but you figure at some point, it’ll start to affect release schedules. There are other aspects of games production besides the development and the pandemic did cause some of Sony’s Chinese manufacturing centers to shut down for a few weeks.
The Last of Us Part 2, which has already seen numerous delays, is one of the major AAA titles launching in the next few weeks. With a release date of May 29, some have started to worry that the coronavirus could result in another delay.
In a statement regarding the impact of the spread of the coronavirus, Sony estimates that “there will be no material impact on this business for the current fiscal year.” That said, anything is possible these days, and Sony is continuing to monitor the situation.
Although no issues have emerged so far, Sony is carefully monitoring the risk of delays in production schedules for game software titles at both its first-party studios and partner studios, primarily in Europe and the U.S.
It sounds like The Last of Us Part 2 is safe from delay. As is Ghost of Tsushima, which is due out in June.
That said, it seems the situation is fluid. Many of Sony’s offices — mainly in Europe and the United States — have closed, with many of its employees working from home. Additionally, other offices in Japan have also adopted a work from home policy.
The Last of Us Part 2 and Ghost of Tsushima seem to have been far enough along to not have been impacted by coronavirus. But who knows the long-term effect this may have on the gaming industry. There’s speculation that the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X could be delayed a year. Both are slated to launch around holiday 2020.