The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has undoubtedly had an effect on almost every game developer around the globe, and the Super Smash Bros. team is no different, according to a recent tweet from Masahiro Sakurai.
In the tweet, translated by PushDustIn, Sakurai mentions that he has started to work remotely, supervising development from a distance. He notes that this is a difficult task to accomplish thanks to Smash Bros. being a “high security” project, but they “have no choice” but to go through with it.
— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) April 7, 2020
With six DLC characters in the works, with the first being an ARMS fighter scheduled for release in June, the Smash team has quite a lot of work cut out for them. It’s also worth noting that Sakurai tweeted this message before Japan officially declared a state of emergency, meaning plans could still change further.
We’ll be wishing all the best to Sakurai and the rest of his team!