Animal Crossing finally gets a massive follow up in the Nintendo Direct showcase, with Nintendo showing off the first bits of gameplay features for their brand new title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The gameplay shows off the standard Animal Crossing fare, from setting up a place to live with a tent, to picking flowers, catching bugs, and clearing trees and rocks. Visually the game looks gorgeous with its presentation as always, and silky smooth with the soft tones of the animation and color schemes blending well with the new setting of the game.
This time around players will make a home on an island, thanks to a lovely promotion by the "ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package." As always, players can collect resources and start from the ground up, from a simple tent to a cozy little homestead. One feature making a return is crafting, which originally joined the series in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. This includes creating tools to clean up the island as you see fit, to crafting furniture to deck out their new homestead. They can also interact with neighbors and even friends online, building their own island community over time. And, of course, paying off their debts with that crafty Tom Nook.
One big announcement regarding the game is a change in its release date. Nintendo originally promised that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would come out this year, but they have pushed the game back to March of 2020, stating that the game needs a bit more time to be completed before launch.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will now be released on March 20th exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
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