The Outer Worlds delayed on Switch due to COVID-19, will now launch on a cartridge

by Oliver BrandtFebruary 7, 2020

The Outer Worlds has been delayed indefinitely from its March 6 release date on Switch due to the coronavirus, its publisher has announced this morning — but it’s not all bad news.

Private Division, the publisher responsible for the award-winning game, took to Twitter this morning to announce the delay of the game’s Switch port, citing the outbreak of coronavirus as the culprit for the delay. The virus is said to be impacting the team working on the port, the Singapore-based Virtuos, which has multiple offices operating out of China and elsewhere throughout the world. Private Division has stressed that the team at Virtuos is okay, but their offices remain closed at this time due to the outbreak.

As a small silver lining to the delay, Private Division have also announced that the physical version of the game will now be launching on a cartridge. It had previously been announced that the physical release would be little more than a download code in a box.

No new date or release window has been set for the game’s release, but we’ll be sure to update you when more information becomes available.

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  • Oliver Phommavanh
    February 7, 2020 at 6:47 am

    They can take all the time they need, I hope they can work in safe conditions. I’ll now that get the game on day 1, being on a cart and all 🙂

  • Phantom Ganon
    February 7, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Yeah video games are not that important in the grand scheme of things. Now that they’re putting it on cartridge though, I’ve gone from a no to a yes pending if the game will require a download

    • Mystique
      February 7, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      Agreed with the above.
      It’s gone from a solid no to a YES! that is of course if there isn’t some sort of day one download in similar fashion to Spyro, LA Noire, NBA2k etc etc Token carts are just bad.

  • Fimbulvetr
    February 7, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    I wasn’t actually planning on getting Outer Worlds on switch as I’ve already been enjoying it on PC but honestly I might now to support how they’re handling this. Good stuff.

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