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The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has already affected multiple areas of the game industry, from the cancellation of E3 to Pokémon GO’s various changes. Now an integral part of the video game release process has been affected – a ratings board.

CERO, the non-profit organization that rates games in Japan, has announced that it will be ceasing operations until May 6th. As the official website states, it’s due to the Japanese government officially declaring a state of emergency.

What this means is no games will be rated in the region for just under a month, which could result in some delays going forward, at least in Japan but potentially abroad, too. It might be time to start plotting out your backlog!

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Written by Tom Brown

Whether it’s an exciting new entry in a series long established or a weird experiment meant only for the dedicated, Tom is eager to report on it. Rest assured, if Nintendo ever announces Elite Beat Agents 2, he’ll be there.