Nintendo is skipping its own Nintendo Direct livestream in June, according to reports corroborated by VentureBeat and VGC.
This is apparently due to the company’s challenges in working from home due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, staff are producing content remotely while plans for larger-scale events were postponed. Its June Nintendo Direct would have gave players a new lineup of game reveals while its anticipated 35th Mario anniversary could have introduced remasters for some past 3D games to the Nintendo Switch.
While its June event is postponed for both Nintendo and their respective partners, another live stream could make up for its absence. Alternatively, another Nintendo Direct could show later in the summer. In their last Mini event on March 26, the company hinted at complications as game reveals were subject to change from the coronavirus.
Japan’s social isolation measure were among others in putting people at home while companies continue adjusting to new productivity plans. For Nintendo Direct, no official statement from the company or solid showtime was disclosed by the comapany.
Game studios around the world also took their own safety measures, including shutting down production offices and enacting work-from-home measures. Much of the industry’s activity was also dampened as E3 and other annual gaming events were cancelled this year. This also left some complications for developers, looking for other ways to present the latest updates for upcoming projects.