The Outer Worlds's Switch Release Delayed Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
The RPG's Switch version has been delayed to the impact of the Coronavirus on the team working on the port at Virtuos.
The Outer Worlds for Nintendo Switch has been delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The developer of the Switch port, Virtuos, is based in Singapore, with offices across China.
Publisher Private Division, which is owned by Take-Two, announced the delay today on Twitter as part of Take-Two's latest earnings report. The team at Virtuos is safe and healthy, but the office has been closed, so work has been halted on the project.
Private Division also confirmed that Outer Worlds for Switch will now ship on a physical cartridge and via digitally. Previously, the game was expected to be digital-only, with the physical version of the game containing a download code. Additionally, the first Outer Worlds Switch screenshots seemingly leaked just ahead of this news.
The Outer Worlds for Switch is now expected to launch during Take-Two's fiscal year 2021. That means the title will launch during the April 1, 2020-March 31, 202 period.
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
Take-Two's earnings call revealed that the game has already sold 2 million units, with Strauss Zelnick sharing some thoughts on subscription services like Xbox Game Pass.
To follow up: The Virtuos devs are healthy! Their office has just been closed for safety, so progress has halted for the time being.— The Outer Worlds (@OuterWorlds) February 6, 2020
We'll absolutely share more information as soon as we have it.