We're already seeing companies like Sony announce that the Covid-19 outbreak is impacting game development in countries around the world.
PlayStation said it will be monitoring the situation as it relates to its first party games, and Capcom has announced there may be shortages and delays to physical copies of Resident Evil 3 as a result of the outbreak.
Microsoft is the latest company to issue an official announcement on the Covid-19 situation with a new statement from Xbox boss, Matt Booty.
Though Booty assures gamers that no projects have been officially delayed, Microsoft has admitted its teams face "unique challenges and constraints" as offices close and more personnel work from home.
"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," writes Booty.
"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.”
What is Halo Infinite?
The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite – the next chapter of the legendary franchise beginning holiday 2020!
Developed by 343 Industries for the entire Xbox family of devices, including Project Scarlett and Windows PCs, Halo Infinite continues the Halo 5: Guardians storyline and takes the franchise in ambitious and unexpected directions, powered by the all-new Slipspace Engine
With this said, don't be surprised to see the likes of upcoming Xbox One or Xbox Series X exclusives – Halo Infinite, Grounded, and Everwild, Team Ninja's Project Mara and more besides – to be pushed back a little.
Specifically, when it comes to Halo Infinite, 343 Industries has stated it'll be monitoring the situation closely.
"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," 343 said in a blog post.
"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."
We'd rather see teams stay safe and delay games than have them rush out projects in dangerous situations, and we hope the gaming public at large feels the same way.
Halo Infinite was pencilled in for Holiday 2020 – the same time as the launch of the Xbox Series X – and we'll keep you updated if that changes.
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