Capcom Japan reconsiders attending E3 on account of Swine Flu
The Swine Flu (now officially known as the H1N1 virus) is proving to cause a huge damper on the upcoming E3 festivities. With just literally a couple of weeks before the curtains rise to start what could be the biggest games show of the year, we have attendees going over the list and checking it twice, for fear of the said virus.
Capcom Japan, for one, is seriously reconsidering its attendance of the event. Given the country's very tough travel regulations at this point in time, their office is still uncertain whether or not they will be getting the green light to fly out to LA. In fact, even Capcom producer Keiji Inafune himself has canceled an appearance at the also-upcoming Nordic Game expo in Sweden, also because of the virus.
A Capcom rep confirmed Inafune's change in plans, as well as the uncertainty surrounding the Japan office of Capcom. "I can't tell you right now who from Capcom Japan is attending E3. A decision on who from Japan is coming will be made nearer the time."
Capcom is strong to reiterate, though, that the company will have a presence in the event via their US and UK teams. "The show is in Los Angeles and we have offices in America, so E3 is still on."
The E3 organizers, for their part, have reassured the people that the E3 Expo in LA will still be a go and that they are doing, while some other attendees like Activision, Eidos and Ubisoft have re-confirmed their attendance, albeit with very close monitoring in the situation.
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