Kojima Productions Pull Out Of GDC 2020 Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The latest to drop out.

Death Stranding
Death Stranding

Kojima Productions are the latest in a growing line of developers and publishers pulling out of gaming events due to the concerns surrounding coronavirus. Today, they’ve announced that they’re pulling out of GDC 2020, where they were scheduled to host two talks.

On March 16th, Death Stranding’s AI programmer Eric Johnson was scheduled to give a talk, while March 19th would see Hideo Kojima himself take to the stage to host his own talk. Unfortunately, both of these scheduled events have been cancelled.

Kojima Productions aren’t the only ones to pull out of GDC 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak, as Sony have cancelled their appearance, along with Oculus. Sony have also cancelled their appearance at PAX East 2020, which takes place this week. GDC have stated that 10 China-based companies have also been forced to cancel, while several companies have opted to send their US staff. To their credit, GDC have pledged to expand on-site sanitation options, and will be increasing how often the facility gets cleaned.

The coronavirus outbreak has also been responsible for delaying the release of The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch, the delay of this month’s Taipei Game Show, now scheduled for the Summer, and has managed to take a toll on the Chinese manufacturing workflow. Supplies of the Nintendo Switch are set to be affected around April.

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