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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.

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!

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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.