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 the "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 March 20, 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 since Doubutsu no Mori, which was ported to the iQue Player with simplified Chinese support exclusively for mainland China in 2006. This will also be the first main series title since Animal Crossing: City Folk to have two separate Spanish language localizations; one for Spain and the other for Latin America. It has been erroneously reported to be the first title in general to do so, albeit it will be the first title to include all localizations collectively regardless of regional release.
An Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct took place on the February 20, 2020 showcasing multiple new features of the game such as terrain editing, house customization and much more.
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 several types of wood, or hitting rocks with a shovel for clay, stone, and ores. Several different types of weeds also appear, which can also be used as materials once plucked. 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. Additionally, trees and flowers can be shoveled up to be stored in the pocket, while picking flowers will leave the stems, with the flowers being usable as materials.
As in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the game features the ability to place furniture outside. A new pole tool can be created, giving 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. 
Players can fully customize their characters, similar to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Pocket Camp. This includes skin tones, gender-neutral hairstyles and nose shapes. The player characters' overall design is slightly more detailed than in previous titles, featuring a more subdued color scheme and clear hair physics and shaders. The players also appear more expressive, showing a thoughtful expression when selecting items in their pocket, and moving their eyes around to look at nearby villagers and bugs.
They player can purchase a variety of clothes from the Able Sisters shop and presumably other shops.
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.
In local multiplayer, the screen boundaries will follow player 1; however, they may transfer their "leadership" to any other players. The lead player is the only player to be able to see text prompts after catching bugs or fish. In online play, all players have equal abilities, as in previous games.
This marks the first game where a player's friend cannot modify the island unless they are marked as a best friend.
This is the first game where villagers no longer wear their tops sleeveless. Villagers can also be seen wearing dresses. Sheep now wear normal tops instead of the scarves that were worn up to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Additionally, villagers can move their eyes to look at nearby villagers and bugs, as well as sitting down on the grass, making them more interactive with their surroundings.
The players starts with two or so villagers. If the player doesn'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.
Eight new villagers are also set to debut in the game.
Mr. Resetti's appearance, while implied, is in question, due to auto-save feature that allows the game to automatically save in some occasions. There is evidence that Mr. Resetti will be in charge of the new Rescue Service Nookphone App, which was revealed in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct on February 20, 2020. His usual theme song was played during the rescue cut-scene, hinting that he is the one rescuing the player.
Three new characters, a beaver named C.J., a lizard named Flick, and a young boar named Daisy Mae are set to make their debut, taking over the roles previously established by Chip, Nat, and Joan respectively.
- For this subject's image gallery, see Animal Crossing: New Horizons/Gallery.
Teaser from Nintendo Direct on September 13, 2018
E3 Nintendo Direct Trailer 2019
E3 Nintendo Treehouse gameplay featuring Aya Kyogoku and Hisashi Nogami
Nintendo Direct (September 05, 2019) Trailer
Deserted Island Getaway Package Primer
Nintendo Switch My Way commercial
Nintendo Direct (February 20, 2020)
Names in other languages
|Korean||모여봐요 동물의 숲
Moyeobwayo Dongmul-Ui Sup
|Animal Forest: Let's Meet|
Jíhé la! Dòngwù sēnyǒu huì
|Assemble! Animal Forest Party|
- 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.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons vendrá localizado al español latinoamericano, 3DJuegos (in Spanish)
- 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.
- Director Aya Kyogoku and Producer Higashi Nogami Reveal New Details Regarding Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including Amiibo Support., Miketendo64.
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