Seeing as there’s only a month left until launch, there’s been a curious information drought for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Thankfully, today’s Nintendo Direct landed just in time to answer all of our Animal Crossing-related questions with a jam-packed presentation.
We’ll cover all the best parts of the presentation below, but if you want to see the full video for yourself, its right here:
It’s clear right from the get-go that this Animal Crossing is doubling down on the customization options. Right out of the gate you can pick from a selection of pre-made islands to live in, plus, you can choose between living in the Northern or Southern hemisphere depending on how you’d like your seasons to play out. From there, not only can you pick where you’d like to live on the island, but you can also choose where your animal friends will live too.
Any piece of furniture you build at a DIY station can also be customized with different paint jobs, and placing that furniture in your home couldn’t be easier thanks to a revamped interior design system that appears to be heavily inspired by The Sims. Heck, you can even do a bit of landscaping and change where rivers, cliffs, and paths go. No longer are players restricted to a set world design. The only limit is your imagination.
For those who feared island living was a bit bare bones, fear not, because some familiar faces are returning. The museum and classic shops like Nook’s Cranny and The Able Sisters will crop up on your island for all your shopping needs. Isabelle proudly makes a grand return as well as Tom Nook’s secretary. For those looking to play with friends, you’ll be happy to hear that up to eight villagers can roam around a single island together via online play. There’s also an option for 4-player local co-op which uses a ‘follow the leader’ style system, it looks a little chaotic but it might be worth a laugh with friends.
Finally, the presentation rounded off with a smattering of FAQ’s which are worth mentioning:
- For every Switch system, up to eight users can become residents on a single island, living together in harmony.
- Amiibos (and those funky amiibo cards) are supported for extra goodies.
- Yes, there will be free updates for the game. So far seasonal updates for holidays have been announced with ‘Bunny Day’ arriving on launch day.
- Disappointingly, cloud saves still aren’t compatible, but Nintendo have pledged to reclaim your save data if anything nasty happens to your Switch.
- Yes, that new Animal Crossing pastel colored Switch is coming, and yes, it’s gorgeous.
Honestly, there was a whole lot more info crammed into that direct, but those were the highlights. Now more than ever, we can’t wait until the game launches on March 20th. In the meantime, even more updates will be dished out on Tom Nook’s Twitter account, @animalcrossing.
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