The latest edition of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate creator Masahiro Sakurai’s weekly column for Famitsu magazine has been translated online.
In this edition of the column, Sakurai shares more about the Smash Ultimate team’s remote working arrangement in light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, and says that they are progressing well on the DLC. He also discusses some of the ups and downs of working from home on the game.
You can check out some translated highlights below, via Sephazon.
- Sakurai says working from home has been going well, and staff should be commended for their hard work
- Some staff usually commute two hours one way to work, so working at home has been a lot more effective
- There are temptations to play games or sleep while working from home, but Sakurai says he can still focus on the task at hand
- Sakurai says he responds to emails up until midnight, but he’s eating more regularly now, and has a better sense of time
- Sakurai says he oversees almost everything in Smash Bros. Ultimate, so new work is always coming in
- Some situations require a lot of work to explain to the team, which is easier done in person than email
- Video calls can help bridge the gap in these situations, but scheduling a time to work with everyone is challenging
- Sakurai bought a microphone and capture unit for working from home, and also built a studio to play and assist in development
- The team continues to figure out what works best for remote work, but everything is proceeding without any problems so far
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