With so many MMO studios working-from-home, it seems delays might be inevitable. In fact, we’ve already seen a few; Blue Protocol, for example, delayed almost a month ahead of its beta, though it’s back on track now. When I initially wrote this post, neither New World nor Elder Scrolls Online’s Greymoor hadn’t delayed yet, but just in the last few days, both have done so (requiring hasty rewrites of this post!). Plus, just this morning, FFXIV announced it was delaying its next patch too.
Now I’m worried about other titles. World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands was expected this fall-ish. We were expecting Magic Legends’ beta this spring too. I’m betting at least one of those gets pushed off, though for some of the games with fluffy dates, we may never actually know.
Do you expect any other MMOs to be delayed over the pandemic?