The COVID-19 outbreak has brought several industries in the world to a stand-still as we continue to battle and recover from the virus. In the gaming industry, the outbreak has led to several annual gaming events already being cancelled or postponed, from E3 2020 to GDC 2020 and beyond. It has also affected the shipment and manufacturing of games; something that Sony is well aware of as they recently warned about a potential “risk of delays” for upcoming titles.
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A recent statement from Sony began with the tech giant extending their condolences to those affected by COVID-19, and remain committed to putting the health and safety of the company’s employees and their families first. On the gaming side of things, Sony assured that no issues have emerged so far, though the company is “carefully monitoring the risk of delays in production schedules for game software titles”. This, of course, puts games like The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima in line to potentially be delayed should manufacturing issues arise.
Sony confirmed that their four manufacturing plants in China have re-started operations as of February 10th, though incrementally. Before then, all four plants were shut down for 16 days due to government mandates. “Supply chain issues remain, but operations are returning to the level they were before the spread of the virus,” said Sony. At the moment, though, Sony has shut down their manufacturing plant in Wales from March 26th to April 20th. If the outbreak continues to affect manufacturing plants, particularly delaying business in China, then we could possibly be looking at the delay of both The Last of Us: Part II and Ghost of Tsushima, both scheduled to release in May and June, respectively. To add to that, it’s also entirely possible that the PlayStation 5 could face a similar fate.
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