With the current situation the world is encountering, it seems like there is a spanner in the works to the DLC Smash Bros release schedule.
Game director Sakurai has spoken out about difficulties with development for the next wave of Smash Bros Ultimate DLC characters, detailing how a presentation on a new fighter was canceled amid travel restrictions implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sakurai is (loosely translated) as saying: “Restrictions are also being put on business travel. It’s particularly difficult to meet with partners who are faraway. For example, Nintendo is headquartered in Kyoto, right? In this regard, it’s quite difficult for us to visit other companies.”
“In my case, specifically, I was scheduled to give a presentation to a publisher on our plans for a certain new fighter; however the key parties were not able to get together, so it’s been postponed indefinitely.”
Sakurai also notes that, “if we were to find out someone in the office has the virus, I presume all of our buildings would be shut down. If that happens, development would have to be halted entirely. There’s a high probability of development not proceeding as scheduled, even if a new fighter were tentatively announced.”