Animal Crossing: New Horizons took the world by storm last week, enjoying record-breaking openings and offering millions of players temporary salvation from COVID-19-induced stress and fear. However, even the pleasant, remote island adventure is not fully insulated from the virus’ monsoon of event cancellations and production delays. In an interview with The Washington Post, game director Aya Kyogoku and producer Hisashi Nogami shared concerns over the virus and its potential to delay development on future updates.
The pair said that, while production on new content for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is progressing normally and employees are still working at the office, the team has already shifted its working hours to avoid rush hour train traffic and is prepared for delays. Nogami shared concerns for the team’s health and well-being, which absolutely must be the top priority in fearful times such as these. Hopefully, should the virus dangerously threaten Japan to the point that businesses shut down, the team can either work remotely or receive continued compensation from Nintendo while practicing social isolation.
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