On the heels of Sony’s and Fb’s cancelling their Sport Builders Convention (GDC) plans, Kojima Productions is now doing the identical. Members from the Loss of life Stranding studio will not attend the convention subsequent month, on account of “growing issues” relating to coronavirus. This additionally means Hideo Kojima’s “Loss of life Stranding Design Philosophy” dialogue has been cancelled, as effectively.
The studio shared the information within the following Twitter submit earlier in the present day,
Kojima Productions has made the troublesome determination to cancel our participation on the 2020 Sport Builders Convention on account of growing issues associated to coronavirus. (half)https://t.co/K6FJtq5Tpx
— Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) February 24, 2020
A subsequent submit on the Kojima Productions’ Twitter account additionally made be aware of Kojima’s GDC speak cancellation. One other dialogue from the studio’s AI Programmer was set to happen, too, however is not on the playing cards. It was slated for March 16th, whereas Kojima’s hour-long session would have occurred on March 19th.
As beforehand talked about, Kojima Productions now joins different firms in skipping this yr’s GDC. Late final week, each Sony and Fb Gaming referred to as off their appearances, citing coronavirus as the first motive. This information surfaced simply someday after Sony introduced it will not attend PAX East, which begins later this week on February 27th in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, Boston’s Mayor has written an announcement, urging Sony to rethink its determination. On the time of writing, the company has but to situation a response.
These precautions are in response to the coronavirus’ continued unfold. Whereas the virus stays primarily centered on the mainland of China, it has reached numerous different international locations, together with the USA and Japan. Although the variety of instances in these nations is comparatively small, mitigating danger represents the utmost precedence for firms similar to Fb, Kojima Productions, and Sony. This particularly holds true provided that the virus is extra prone to unfold in massive gatherings of individuals, notably if these individuals are touring in from all components of the globe.
GDC 2020 will run from March 16th to March 19th.
[Source: Kojima Productions on Twitter]