While the Xbox Series X is on track for its holiday 2020 release, Xbox head Phil Spencer warns that next-gen games may experience delays in the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.
“[Microsoft] teams are doing a really good job on keeping our hardware on track,” Spencer told CNBC. “I’d say that the bigger unknown is probably the game production, just being honest. Game production is a large-scale entertainment activity now; you have hundreds of people coming together building assets, working through creative.
“On the hardware side, we feel good about our plans and… there’s obviously some impact to schedules, but overall I think we’re in line with where we thought we would be,” he continued. “On the game production side… I still feel good about it, but I also need to make sure that the security and safety of the teams is the most important thing, and not unduly push when things just aren’t ready.”
While Spencer has promised more reveals related to next-gen games in the coming weeks and months, we already know that Halo Infinite and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 will lead Xbox Game Studio’s launch efforts on the Xbox Series X. In terms of third-party games, Ubisoft recently confirmed that Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla will be available on the next-gen console in the holiday 2020 period.