Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|Animal Crossing: New Horizons|
|Release date(s)||WW March 20, 2020|
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (あつまれ どうぶつの森 Atsumare Dōbutsu no Mori?, Animal Forest: Gather) is an upcoming installment in the Animal Crossing series, set to be released for the Nintendo Switch on March 20, 2020. It will be the first installment in the main Animal Crossing series since 2012's Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and the first for a home console since 2008's Animal Crossing: City Folk.
In a departure from previous titles in the series, the player will live on a deserted island rather than in a town (referred to as a "Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package"). Crafting from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has also been shown to return.
Development and unveiling
This game was teased during a Nintendo Direct on September 13, 2018 and was originally intended to be released in 2019.
During E3 2019 on June 11, 2019, the gameplay (from trailer and Treehouse interview) and title were shown. It was revealed that the game has been delayed to 2020, stating that "to ensure the game is the best it can be, we must ask that you wait a little longer than we thought.". Later, President of Nintendo of America Doug Bowser said the following: "The crunch point is an interesting one, for us, one of our key tenets is that we bring smiles to people's faces, and we talk about that all the time. It's our vision. Or our mission, I should say. For us, that applies to our own employees. We need to make sure that our employees have good work-life balance. One of those examples is, we will not bring a game to market before it's ready. We just talked about one example (means this game delay). It's really important that we have that balance in our world. It's actually something we're proud of." 
This title is expected to support more languages than all previous entries in the series, being the first to support the Chinese language.
Tom Nook has a new business venture selling the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package, which is sold to the player. The game begins on a nearly deserted island that the player can explore, collect resources, and craft various items (including tools and furniture). Resources can be collected through various methods, such as chopping at trees with an axe for wood, or hitting rocks with a shovel for clay and stone. Crafting is done through Tom Nook's workbench. With these mechanics the player is able to build and develop the island over time. Players are also able to dig up clams in the sand, which can then be used as fishing bait, or as crafting materials.
New to the series is the ability to place furniture outside, as well as the ability to vault over rivers. Roads are able to be paved (instead of having to place patterns on the ground or intentional grass deterioration).
Up to eight players can live in the player's island, however the island remains the same for one Nintendo Switch. 
An island can support up to eight players. For the first time in the series, four players can play at the same time on a single system, and up to eight can play together through online multiplayer or local wireless. Online play requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
This is the first game where villagers no longer wear their tops sleeveless. Sheep now wear normal tops instead of the scarfs that were worn up to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Also, villagers can move their eyes and sit on grass.
The players starts with two or so villagers. If the player don't like the spot chosen, they can move the villager's house location to wherever they see fit. There are no new personality types introduced in this game. 
Confirmed villagers as of June 11, 2019:
North American Twitter Reveal
Teaser from Nintendo Direct on September 13, 2018
E3 Nintendo Direct Trailer 2019
E3 Nintendo Treehouse gameplay featuring Aya Kyogoku and Hisashi Nogami
Names in other languages
|Korean||모여봐요 동물의 숲
Moyeobwayo Dongmul-Ui Sup
|Animal Forest: Let's Meet|
Jíhé la! Dòngwù sēnyǒu huì
|Collection! Animal Forest Association|
- Nintendo Direct 09-13-2018
- Nintendo Direct for E3 2019, YouTube.
- Nintendo Comments on Crunch and Game Delays, IGN.
- Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, And New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Playable In Chinese, NintendoSoup.
- Nintendo Confirms New Details About Multiplayer in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, IGN.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons will have skin tone customization, gender-neutral hairstyles for Villagers, Polygon.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons E3 2019 Factsheet
- How Tom Nook Uses His Money And 14 More Details About Animal Crossing: New Horizons, IGN.
- Isabelle Will Be in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, IGN.
- Nintendo confirms Mr. Resetti lost his job thanks to 'Animal Crossing: New Horizons', Mashable.
- North American Twitter Reveal
|Animal Crossing series|