Coronavirus impacts on the gaming industry

22 April 2020

Interview with 

Chris Berrow, Naked Gaming Podcast

CORONAVIRUS

An artist's interpretation of a coronavirus particle.

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We’ve heard of panic buying toilet roll, and in our case gin… but some people have been panic buying Nintendo Switches… the Naked Gaming Podcast has seen the consoles listed on Game for £1000, and on Amazon for £500… it looks like everyone really wants to play Animal Crossing New Horizons...

The Last of Us II has been delayed indefinitely because of coronavirus…  PlayStation confirmed the news on Twitter saying they have "made the difficult decision to delay the launch... until further notice... the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve."

As soon as we have a new release date, we’ll let you know.

Coronavirus has also affected FFVII Remake… but in what you might possibly call a positive way… the company behind the game sent out physical copies earlier than the release date… to try and make sure they arrived on time...  so some people actually got to play it early. Gutted if you bought it digitally. Like me.

Sporting events have been cancelled across the world, so athletes have been turning to computer games… to compete.

The Virtual Bahrain Grand Prix was held online in the F1 2019 game... featuring several current and former Formula 1 drivers… like Lando Norris... and Esteban Gutierrez… Charles LeClearc won the Virtual Australian Grand Prix, after practicing for 5 hours a day. Well what else is he going to do with all that spare time. 

But wait there’s more!

Three of the UK's leading video games developers are displaying coronavirus safety advice in their games.
Candy Crush Saga, Dirt Rally 2.0 and Sniper Elite 4 are just some of the games that will feature messages like “stay at home, save lives”.

And Sony is also encouraging people to stay at home… by launching their #PlayAtHome campaign… and they are giving people free games.
They say “#PlayAtHome with Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection - free until May 5 at PlayStation Store”

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