It's hard to avoid news about a certain global pandemic right now, and while the Animal Crossing: New Horizons development team isn't exactly thrilled about this, the producer Hisashi Nogami suggests players make the most of it.
Speaking to The Verge, Nogami took a moment to talk about all the campaigns and fan requests to release New Horizons early. He said Nintendo, like any other company, obviously had no idea the global events would play out as they have. While it's unfortunate, he says he hopes the game can help players out there who may be struggling during this "difficult" time:
We’ve been planning this release for quite some time, so it’s unfortunate that this timing overlapped with what’s currently happening in the world. I am very disheartened and saddened by the events happening across the world. Considering the timing, we hope that a lot of the Animal Crossing fans will use this as an escape, so they can enjoy themselves during this difficult time.
The game's director Aya Kyogoku added to this, mentioning how the game's "global, simultaneous release" very much suited the Animal Crossing series. And given what's unfolding at the moment, it is a great way to socialise with both friends and family.
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