Nintendo Will Skip Summer Game Fest, No Directs In The Summer

According to Comicbook, insiders have reportedly informed that Nintendo will not host Direct events this summer. There is also the company lack of participation at Summer Game Fest, an event that has already seen next gen gameplay revealed.

Insiders claims that Nintendo is not planning anything to replace the Direct event hosted at e3’s eve, the earliest Direct may come in September 2020.

The report alleges that Nintendo is going as far as to tell its development partners to not wait or hold out for a Direct, even if it’s a big announcement, which suggests the company really has no idea when the video show will return.

Insiders told Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb the information, and while is a reliable journalist and industry insider, there is nothing official from Nintendo. This information should be still be taken with skepticism.

Nintendo surprisingly unveiled a new Mario game, Paper Mario: The Origami King for Nintendo Switch. Is uncertain and inexplicably why the company did not shared the news at the usual livestream, there is also reports from Grubb, that several Super Mario games will be remastered for a 2020-2021 release, something that also could’ve been teased at an Direct event.

Nintendo and Microsoft has reported their financial results for previous fiscal year, speaking to investors both,  Shuntaro Furukawa and Phil Spencer suggested at their respective earnings calls, that remote work might not prevent games delay, apparently, Nintendo has decided to not announce a game until the production is near completion.

But even so, we are gradually gaining experience in assessing what can and cannot be done remotely, and in determining how much progress we can make on the work we are able to do from home” …”Please be aware that the impact on game development in terms of both hardware and software may potentially increase as the amount of time spent working remotely increases. Said Furukawa in Nintendo’s earnings call.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer gave more details of why remote work cannot work for all kind of projects, he explains that technologies like MOCAP cannot be done via remote work.

“Mocap is just something that’s basically stopped. We’re not going into mocap studios,” Spencer told Business Insider. “If you had all your animation captured and you’re doing touch up in more individual art production and in areas like textures and other things, you’re in a better position. If you’re waiting for a lot of either large audio work — when it’s with symphonies and other things — or mocap, you’re held up right now and you’re making progress in areas that you are.”

Source: Comicbook

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