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While the Covid-19 pandemic from France seems like a distant memory, the situation is more than worrying in China. The country is now facing the worst outbreak in two years, implementing extremely strict health measures in the most affected cities. In Shanghai, almost all of the 25 million inhabitants are imprisoned. Companies also pay the price. Among them MiHoYo, the study behind the online box “Genshin Impact”.
For the first time in its history, Genshin Impact will not be hosting its monthly update. Why ? The reason should not be found on the side of ambitious content that would require more time or a technical problem that requires a few months of customization. The reason is again and again the Covid-19 pandemic. The virus may now be almost invisible in France, but it is returning very worryingly to China with a situation comparable to the beginning of the epidemic. Last week, the local health ministry announced more than 15,500 new cases within the last 24 hours. The city of Shanghai, which has 25 million inhabitants, would be hardest hit. A metropolis with video game companies like Tencent, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft. But also HoYoverse, formerly MiHoYo, who develops Genshin Impact.
“Our team in Shanghai now works from home and does their best to organize all work online” Explain study in Kotaku. “We also provide resources for members of this team in this complex time”. To counter the recurrence of coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have chosen a particularly strict Zero-Covid policy. This applies to all major cities in the country where the health risk is too great, including Shanghai. It is a drastic confinement for almost the entire population for a month and strict surveillance of people exposed to the virus. A tactic that has already borne fruit in 2020, but which weighs on the daily lives of the inhabitants, led to demonstration from their windows. Worse, getting food is even more complicated. Without forgetting the global economic consequences, the country is still often regarded as the “workshop of the world”.
Faced with the crisis
Of course, video game companies based in China are not spared. Starting with HoYoverse therefore forced in early April to close its offices in Shanghai for a few days, writes Kotaku. That’s probably still the case today. A few days ago, the team announced on Twitter the postponement of its version 2.7 without specifying a date. In the question “project progress”. Rumors speak of difficulties in recording new dubs, especially with the current confinement. The update delay would be 4 weeks.
That’s for sure, for a video game studio, switching to remote work from one day to the next is not easy. In addition to self-evident logistical problems, developers work very often on confidential projectsas explained Masahiro Sakurai, creator of Super Smash Bros., during the first pandemic (March 2020). The man and his team were then preparing new characters for the famous fighting game: “It is very confidential work, and it is not the case that people can take it home and take development material with them; Honestly, the work can not develop ”.
In one of our articles on the subject, developers also mentioned more down-to-earth issues, such as delays related to your professional computer from home and testing in a game engine, for example. “The problem is that as a Level & Mission Designer I have to test a lot of things in the engine” explained Pierre Berruer of Ubisoft at the time. Complications can vary by position. But in telework, the framework for a development is necessarily affected. Apart from the teams that have always organized themselves in this way, like Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest).
It is no coincidence that out of 3,000 video game companies surveyed by the Game Developers Conference in 2021, 44% said they postponed their title due to the pandemic. But for Genshin Impact, even though it is “only” an update, the stakes remain high. This free action adventure game with gacha – draw a playable object or hero – derives all its strength from exemplary follow-up. It usually receives a major update every month and a half. A profitable strategy. Since the launch of the software (September 2020), players have been using 3 billion dollars in purchases in Gameon mobile, to a billion size every six months.
HoYoverse knows it better than anyone else: it is thanks to the players that Genshin Impact is, where it is today, far ahead of the competition. And the Chinese study has also planned compensation for apologizing for the delay in version 2.7, even if it is not within its scope. From May 11, fans will enjoy a wide range of bonuses. A welcome patch, specific to video games. But there is another area of the sector that will not be able to benefit from such support. That with electronic chips, where the shortage starts again, especially at Intel. All in all, it is not tomorrow that our favorite industry will seriously return to normal.
By IndiaJournalist jeuxvideo.com