Concerning news has come to those still waiting on Animal Crossing
for the Nintendo Switch. Series co-director Isao Moro
has left Nintendo.
Moro confirmed the departure on Facebook
on July 26. Given the lengthy process a respectful termination takes, this was likely in the works for a while. This may be why we haven't heard anything about future Animal Crossing titles.
Moro was a debugger for the original Animal Crossing, and a director of some form on every title there after, except for Amiibo Festival. His first project with the company was as director of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
. Which makes a lot of sense, now that I think about it.
His departure is bad news for those waiting for an Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch. Seldom will an important figure in a game's development leave partway through a game's development. And if it was in post-production, they'd likely stay on board until the game's release. For Moro to have left now, implies that an Animal Crossing title is NOT currently in development. Or if there is, he isn't a part of it.
I wish the best for Moro in the future, and my sympathies to Animal Crossing fans waiting for more.