Animal Crossing January Update: Release Date, Festivale Event, Pave, Patch Notes And Everything You Need To Know

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Animal Crossing New Horizons had an incredible year in 2020, selling over 26 million units since its release in March.

In a commitment to keep the game updated and fresh over the year, New Horizons has seen a flurry of updates in recent months.

Now, with the New Year in full swing, we can expect a brand new patch coming soon.

Here's what we know about the Festivale Event and January Update coming to Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Release Date

The new update will arrive on the 28th January 2021.

The Festivale event will take place on the 15th February 2021!

January Update

Confirmed via the following image; New Horizons will be getting a free update towards the end of January.

As well, this will see the implementation of the villager 'Pave' the peacock. 

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According to data miners, two of these changes might be something fans have seen in previous games.

Accompanying them will also be some quality of life changes to improve the in-game experience of players.

An interesting feature of previous Animal Crossing games allowed villagers to visit the houses of players; which may be added in the new update.

Data miners were able to locate some unused dialogues in the files that point towards this significant update.

As well as this, there are game files that point towards items that players can use to decorate their ceilings.

Festivale Event

Pave is the ringleader behind the annual Festivale event.

This event however usually takes place in February; so there is quite a bit of time between the update and the actual event. 

Pave is a big fan of feathers and requests certain colours of them from you in exchange for special prizes - including the elusive Rainbow Feather.

Here’s a look at all of the Pave Series furniture rewards that came in New Leaf:

  • Pavé Bed (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Bookshelf  (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Bureau (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Chair (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Chest (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Clock (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Closet (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé End Table (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Lamp (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Sofa (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Table (12,000 Bells)
  • Pavé Wall (1,800 Bells)
  • Pavé Floor (1,800 Bells)

When you download the new January Update, you'll also receive the Maracas for free in your Mailbox!

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Seasonal Items

New seasonal items from Nook Shopping will become available for upcoming events like Valentines Day!

You'll also be able to order items related to events that take place in various countries.

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For more articles like this, take a look at our Animal Crossing New Horizons page.