Nintendo fans have been warned that upcoming games could face delays, while news remains thin on the ground regarding Zelda Breath of the Wild 2. And past the short reveal trailer shown by the Japanese game giant at the last E3, not much has been revealed about the project. That might explain why there is still so much anticipation surrounding the future Nintendo Switch release, the other reason being that the new Link adventure proved such a hit on the Switch, it helped push millions of sales during its release year.
For now, it appears that Nintendo will not be hosting a big June event for its upcoming games.
And that’s a bit of a blow for those hoping for a big Zelda reveal, especially considering some of the most recent comments made by Nintendo.
Shuntaro Furukawa, Nintendo president, confirmed during a recent Q&A with investors that the upcoming fiscal year could see several game delays due to the current world situation.
He confirmed: “During the previous fiscal year when manufacturing in China was temporarily suspended in February due to COVID-19, it caused the delay of shipments of Nintendo Switch Hardware intended for sale in Japan.
“The effect on our overall business performance, however, was minor. Although manufacturing has been gradually recovering since Match, the impact of COVID-19 spread globally in the second half of March and in April, which made it impossible to procure sufficient quantities of some components as a result.
“We are not in a position to be able to produce the full quantity of units we actually want to produce.
“That said, there are signs of gradual improvement. And so we anticipate that the impact of COVID-19 on production will subside to some degree by summer and that the volume we will be able to produce throughout the year will align with our sales forecast units for this fiscal year.
“But if the impact is prolonged or worsens further and parts procurement and / or manufacturing are affected again, then there is a possibility that we will be unable to produce the quantities needed to fulfil our current sales forecast.
“With regard to software, we have more titles planned for release in this fiscal year beyond the ones we have already announced and we have accounted for those in the financial forecast.
“However, many employees of Nintendo and of our partner companies are currently working from home and the differences in development environments between home and office may make it difficult to release titles as currently planned should the impact be prolonged at this point.
“We are presenting our financial forecast on the assumption that titles can be released as planned.”
This certainly could affect Zelda Breath of the Wild 2, as this is one of the games that have yet to be given a release date by Nintendo.