The coronavirus outbreak has been an increasing concern. GDC 2020 was originally supposed to take place in March. However, many companies, including Sony and Microsoft, have decided to pull out of the event. This, combined with the growing coronavirus concerns, have resulted in an official announcement from the GDC staff. The GDC staff said that “after close consultation with our partners in the game development industry and community around the world, we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Game Developers Conference this March”.
As for what will become of the event, the GDC staff said that “we fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer. We will be working with our partners to finalize the details and will share more information about our plans in the coming weeks”. Prior to the rescheduling of the event, Nintendo was planning hold an hour-long special talk session about the creation of Animal Crossing: New Horizons at GDC 2020. The company has not commented about GDC’s postponement at this time.