For many games set for release this year, motion capture and audio work will have been carried out before the pandemic. However, for games set for release in early 2021 or beyond, quarantine has meant work on these elements has simply had to be indefinitely postponed.
Spencer points to sports games like Madden and FIFA as to where we could see disruption. As these games are released annually, months of lockdown in 2020 could have a big impact on their 2021 release schedules.
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There is more hope for games that have already completed mo-cap and audio work, though, which includes many games set to be released this year. “Through the summer, early fall? I feel pretty good about those games,” said Spencer. “Games that were targeting a year from now or beyond? There’ll be some impact, but they’ll be able to react.”
While the status of games releasing beyond this year is an unknown quantity right now, Spencer is confident that the Xbox Series X will not be delayed, and will release Holiday 2020 as planned. Sony also has similar confidence in its own console, stating that the PS5 is still on track for a Holiday 2020 release.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.