As we've seen, Capcom's swine flu contingency plans are in full effect. Step 1 was stockpile hygeine kits. Step 2? Stop executives from travelling overseas.
Mega Man creator and all-round Capcom pin-up boy Keiji Inafune was due to appear at the Nordic Game Conference in Malmö, Sweden this week. Was. Instead, his ticket has been pulled by Capcom HQ, who issued a statement that reads:
I'm sorry to announce that Keiji Inafune has cancelled his appearance at Nordic Game 2009, due to corporate policy restricting foreign travel during the current influenza outbreak.
Fun facts: Capcom is based in Osaka, Japan. The Keihanshin area (which includes the major cities of Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto) in Japan currently has 130 confirmed cases of swine flu. The entire country of Sweden? Three.
I know where I'd rather be.
We've contacted Capcom to see how this will affect Capcom's plans for Japanese personnel to attend E3.