Animal Crossing: New Horizons
has been a great help to people that have had to socially distance themselves and self-quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. So far, the impact that the pandemic has had on
's 2020 release schedule has been minimal, but that may change. Animal Crossing New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku and producer Hisashi Nogami talked to The Washington Post about the pandemic's impacts on the game's post-launch content. The pair said that development on the updates is still going, but there's some uncertainty. They said that "we're not sure if we have to shift anything, but I think we have to be flexible". Currently, the dev team's hours have changed in an effort for them to avoid rush hour train traffic. Nogami said that "in terms of the development team, I do have to think about their health and well-being as well".