Publisher Private Division has announced a delay for The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch.
The reason for the delay is the coronavirus, a health epidemic that originated in Wuhan, China, before spreading to other parts of the world. Attempts to contain the virus have impacted production and events globally.
Virtuous is the Chinese developer behind the Switch port of Obsidian’s RPG. The team’s office has been closed due to the ongoing medical emergency.
To clarify, the team at Virtuos is ok, but their office has remained closed during this time. We're working with the team to determine an updated development timeline, and will share more regarding a new launch date shortly.
— Private Division (@PrivateDivision) February 6, 2020
It’s good news that the team is doing OK, and clearly the decision to give them room to continue work once things start to improve is the right move to make. We’ll let you know when a new release date is announced.
The Outer Worlds launched in October last year for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The Switch port was originally planned to release March 6, 2020. Our review called it a “genuinely funny RPG straight out of cryostasis”.
The coronavirus was also cited as the reason for the cancellation of the Taipei Game Show, which was originally planned for this week.