The Outer Worlds was porting over to the Nintendo Switch after its journey through all of the other platforms on March 6, but the title has hit a delay. The announcement came today (February 6) through publisher Private Division’s Twitter that due to the coronavirus, the date will get pushed indefinitely.
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
The coronavirus originated at Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. It has started to spread to other countries like the United Kingdom and the United States, with over 500 deaths worldwide, according to the WHO. Much of China has been under lockdown since the outbreak, leading to the delay of The Outer Worlds as Virtuos has a studio in Shanghai.
The gaming industry, as a whole, feels the impact of the virus. A pro event for League of Legends was supposed to happen for week two of its 2020 season in China, but it got pushed back. Another esports cancelation in China came down on upcoming matches for Overwatch.
In the same tweet from Private Division, a cartridge version of The Outer Worlds will release. The sci-fi RPG is scheduled to come to Nintendo users for the fiscal year 2021, according to Take-Two Interactive’s financial reports. Not only does the newly released file show the game’s commercial success, but it was also a hit for critics too. You can read our review here.