Masahiro Sakurai, the producer of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, has announced a major change to the game’s ongoing development in light of the Coronavirus.
In a post on his Twitter account, Sakurai confirmed that he is going to start working remotely on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and supervising its development from home. This news comes shortly after the announcement of a Capcom employee testing positive for the virus last week.
You can read a translation of his announcement below (via Sephazon):
— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) April 7, 2020
I’m also going to be working remotely.
In other words, I’ll be supervising from home. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate needs to maintain extremely tight security and is therefore difficult to work on remotely, but now’s the time to do so.
Let’s work hard and get through this together!
With Japan poised to declare a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus and encouraging all non-essential businesses to operate remotely, it is likely that we will be seeing many other game developers in Japan adopting such measures to help fight the spread of the virus in their country.
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