Phil Spencer Says Coronavirus Delays Will Really Start to Hit Next Year

By Alistair Jones on at

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a number of game delays and event cancellations already, but according to Phil Spencer, the biggest impact on the industry is yet to come. Speaking to Business Insider, the Xbox lead said that games set to launch this year will mostly be ok, but 2021's games will be held up for a long time.

"Through the summer, early fall? I feel pretty good about those games," said Spencer. Many titles in the later stages of development have been able to adjust, but those less far along have seen some parts of production halt altogether. Spencer says that motion capture - a major part of modern development - has "basically stopped" as actors aren't allowed into studios. Efforts will be focused on more viable areas for now, but some titles will be pushed back as a result.

Nevertheless, Spencer says that he's "pretty confident in the industry's ability to continue a steady flow of games coming out," and that "as an industry [...] we're going to be fine." It'll be interesting to see how accurate his assessment proves, as well as how the next generation of consoles copes with a suite of first-party titles that might now take a lot longer to release.