Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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    Tom Nook has a new business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore:
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    The Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package!🌴Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colorful characters near and far. Had a grand time as one of the city folk. May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service! But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that longs for…freedom? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered!

    Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be. Collect resources and craft everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb as you interact with flowers and trees in new ways. Set up a homestead where the rules of what goes indoors and out no longer apply. Make friends with new arrivals, enjoy the seasons, pole-vault across rivers as you explore, and more!

    This new addition to the Animal Crossing series launches March 20, 2020, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system.

    Reveal Teaser🌴E3 2019 Treehouse

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    ***🌴ᴴᵃᵛᵉ ᵃ ᶜᵒᵐᶠʸ ᵈᵃʸ

  • Tom Nook has always been horrible but now he’s Ja Rule horrible. Sunnova sends you to damn Fyre fest and expects you to foot the bill.

    I hope this game goes a little Lord of the Flies in the end.

  • This is definitely not incidental.

  • IGN reveals 15 new details after interview with the lead devs

    This paints a much clearer picture of the game we're getting.

  • Size comparison between New Horizons and previous games:

  • Literally just the sims with talking animals....

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    Will edit with some analysis later, but need to sleep now.

    Edit: This won't be everything, but I'll try to cover the things I find significant or interesting:

    The most significant new thing shown but not talked about is some kind of stamina system, but relax it is only for bigger actions like digging up an entire fully grown tree to replant elsewhere. This system appears to be replenished by eating fruit, giving a new use to that.

    Halfsteps for furniture placement was definitively confirmed, even for outside no less!

    Throwing fishing bait out before fishing in the spot is shown off. At E3 the devs mentioned making fishing bait from clams dug up on the beach, but it was unclear whether you baited your rod with this or tossed it out like chumming. This appears to be the latter, using your bait to attract fish around the spot you're fishing.

    You can also observe new dress types that seem to flow with the weather around you.

    We see a new hairstyle that you can tell isn't a wig because the player puts on a flower crown on top of it.

    There's a bait tin or expanded storage back accessory as well as a dufflebag shown.

    There's a mushroom colony shown off in the autumn.

    Night was shown off at a clearer angle, giving us a glimpse of how literally dark this game can get.

    The traditional grass patterns that appeared splotchy around the island in the E3 trailer and demo have been reverted closer to something more in line with past games, appearing all over instead, and the snow patterns missing completely from the E3 footage have thankfully been worked in as well. This was a frequent concern I saw among the community.

    Confirmation for how the new pathing tool that is hopefully replacing Grass Deterioration works. By using it multiple times on a single tile, you can adjust the path on the tile to a curved path, which thankfully isn't automatic, because that would've been limiting.

    Although shown off briefly in the E3 trailer, we see more examples of different kinds of wreaths and accessories placed upon the doors of houses on the island, confirming this as a new method of customization, many of which having a handcrafted appearance.

    Money rocks were confirmed for this new entry. I remember some worry around E3 about this being cut due to the new crafting materials harvested from rocks, but seems like one each day will still dole out some bells instead or before changing to crafting materials when struck.

    That's all for now, like mentioned elsewhere this trailer was mostly just a refresher of stuff shown off during the E3 Treehouse Segment for the game. Any other major new features seem to be held back for now, possibly for some future Animal Crossing dedicated Direct before release. This game is already a major graphical overall and has things like starting a town (on an island) from scratch, the new crafting system, and eight player online multiplayer to separate it from past entries however, so don't be fooled into thinking this is just the next one but on the Switch. The team is clearly pouring lots of work into this new entry now that Splatoon isn't consuming them, and I can't wait until we get our next look.

  • Here's the deep dive from the professionals:
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    Only thing I toss out alongside this, that the video was unaware of, is they actually have confirmed you can influence where villagers live if you don't like the spot they initially set up.

  • Official Japanese Website for New Horizons has launched alongside the "coverage" of the game during Nintendo Live 2019.

    Unfortunately, besides some new promotional renders on the website, there's not much to report at this time. K.K. Slider did open for the Splatoon Concert during the event though, and that was fun.

  • Looks like we're going to be about to customize our nose and mouth shapes!
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  • Some new shots. Some new hairstyles but could still just be wigs. Clothing layering seems to be a thing.
    Expanding Inventory through accessories seems all but confirmed now.

  • New Japanese commercial for New Horizons.
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    Mostly just stuff we've seen, but the boxart revealed at the end shows off two new characters in the background.
    One of these new characters appears to quite possibly be a son of the Fishing Tourney related character Chip.
    And here's a wider view of the boxart, showing off another island in the top right with Harvey from the Campground of the Welcome Amiibo update of New Leaf. Here's some new screenshots they just released as well:

  • Taking this as more news coming very soon.

  • There's been a couple little things here and there. Hopefully a Direct will cover them soon. Merch is slowly revealing some new animals, both special NPC and villager variety. I'll link an image here with some to spot, since lots are not officially revealed yet.

    I believe this is the first confirmation that we're getting new animal villagers period. Some people speculated before they might just be fully modeling and texturing all the previous ones, that previously body swapped within their species, instead of adding new ones, but there's clearly ones we've never seen before mixed in there too. Awhile back they did suggest there would be no new personality types, but we don't know if that goes off of New Leaf's types or Pocket Camp's types.

    Very weird we haven't gotten a Direct yet, and I wonder if they're trying to maintain surprises for launch or something. At this point, it feels safe to assume there won't be a special edition New Horizons Switch Lite or anything available at launch, but maybe they'll offer something like that down the road instead? All we can do is wait and see.

    Edit: Same new stuff in video form:
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  • @mbun said:

    At this point, it feels safe to assume there won't be a special edition New Horizons Switch Lite or anything available at launch

    Jokes on me.

  • @mbun
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    I'm glad I rarely use my joycons and just play with a pro controller or else it'd be really, really hard to pass this up. Hell it still is regardless. I'm not usually one for special edition consoles but damn that's beautiful.

  • This is literally the best looking special edition console I've ever seen.