Previously we posted that Capcom's E3 plans were up in the air, because of the Swine Flu. Earlier this morning, game site NowGamer reported that Capcom Japan have apparently canceled their appearance. Now?
We've contacted Capcom, who told us, "Capcom will definitely be attending E3 this year. The Capcom Japan staff specifically attending is something that's under review at the moment as a result of tough restrictions in force by Japanese immigration." So plans go back up in the air.
As far as we know, there are no tough restrictions regarding travel by Japanese immigration. In fact, the Japanese government is thinking of scaling back its quarantine checks at airports to focus on its domestic outbreak — which totals 170 cases of Swine Flu in the Kansai area.
Capcom is based in the Kansai region (Osaka), where the Japanese government is thinking of refocusing its quarantine efforts. And yet, it's under review whether or not the Capcom Japan staff should get on a plan for Los Angeles? Unless the entire company is working from home, perhaps it should be under review whether or not Capcom Japan employees should, you know, get on a subway train or a city bus.
Swine Flu is bad news. The regular flu is bad news. But this isn't the T-Virus, Capcom. At least not yet.