The coronavirus has had an effect on just about every aspect of daily life, and today it seems that extends to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as well. An early excerpt from director Masahiro Sakurai's Famitsu column says development of the next fighter for the game has been affected by the virus outbreak.
There is a possibility Nintendo could still announce the new fighter as planned, but no development will be done on it. COVID-19 has had a notable impact on game development, and now it seems Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of those affected. It should be noted—Dustin says to take this with a grain of salt, as this is an excerpt, and the full column is likely to provide more context as to Sakurai's comments.
It was announced that more fighters would be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the end of the latest fighter reveal, for Fire Emblem: Three Houses protagonist Byleth. The second Fighter Pass will feature six new challengers, one more than the previous pass.
There is probably an end in sight for Super Smash Bros. DLC sometime after the next fighter, but for now, it looks like plans have been pushed back. The COVID-19 outbreak has led to delays and a move to remote working for a lot of studios, as well as the cancellation of E3 2020.
These are strange times, but at least we have video games to get through them.