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Xbox's Spencer: Games released next year will face "some impact" from coronavirus

Xbox's Spencer: Games released next year will face "some impact" from coronavirus

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has claimed that new releases for next year are more likely to be impacted by the coronavirus.

Speaking to Business Insider, Spencer explained that the titles being released in the coming months are not a concern. Moreover, it's the games looking at a launch for next year that could see some problems.

"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."

The reason games will face more disruption in 2021 is due to development that cannot be achieved whilst working from home, such as motion capture.

"Mocap is just something that's basically stopped. We're not going into mocap studios," said Spencer.

"If you had all your animation captured and you're doing touch up in more individual art production and in areas like textures and other things, you're in a better position. If you're waiting for a lot of either large audio work – when it's with symphonies and other things – or mocap, you're held up right now, and you're making progress in areas that you are."

However, all in all, Spencer is not too concerned about the possible delays the games industry will face in 2021.

"I'm pretty confident in the industry's ability to continue a steady flow of games coming out," said Spencer.

"There's just a lot of games in production across the industry right now, and I think we're going to be — as an industry — we're going to be fine. I'm bullish on what this means in the long run for games, even if there's a certain impact to a certain launch window for certain titles that we might see."

Last month, Spencer claimed that coronavirus lockdown had brought a surge of people to Xbox. Furthermore, Microsoft has experienced a record number of users for Xbox Live, Game Pass and its streaming platform Mixer.


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