The iconic 'social simulation' video game loved by millions and created by Nintendo, returns this year for the Nintendo Switch!
The new title called Animal Crossing: New Horizons has had fans of the series going crazy for the past few months, as the Japanese release date draws closer, rumours and speculation around the finer details in the game have been rife!
It has been revealed that the game will feature an all-new style of settlement building, crafting and customisation and (most excitingly) a co-op mode which is a franchise first for Animal Crossing!
All this is set on a deserted island ripe for the player to customize to their liking.
You can pre-order Animal Crossing: New Horizons now, and get ready for your tropical vacation.
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What is the Japanese Release Date for Animal Crossing: New Horizon?
In 2018, Nintendo mentioned a new Animal Crossing title was in development exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
It was originally slated for release this year however Doug Bowser, now President of Nintendo North America, explained they’ve had to push the release date back until March 2020 so employees could maintain a healthy work-life balance and avoid the dreaded ‘crunch’.
The specific date was confirmed by a short 30-second trailer released to welcome the new year. Players can expect their ticket to the deserted island of their dreams on March 20th!
What is Animal Crossing: New Horizon all about?
The premise of Animal Crossing: New Horizon is rather simple. Tom Nook is back at it again with another business venture and this time it’s The Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package.
Player characters will find themselves as one of the early inhabitants of a deserted island, a step away from players arriving at an already established settlement, and must use the local materials to create, build and construct furniture, tools and settlements by utilising the new crafting system.
New features in New Horizons also include the ability to create your character with far more customisation options than ever before, especially when it comes to a larger selection of skin tone, hairstyles and clothing.
This is a big step up from Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS which addressed the complaints about previous versions lack of skin tone options by allowing you to change the skin tone for the first time.
How to pre-order Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Japan
Pre-orders for Animal Crossing: New Horizons are already live across multiple retailers. Nintendo usually avoids releasing special editions so we shouldn’t expect them to change anytime soon. Here are a few links for you:
Pre-order from Nintendo Official Store: Unavailable for now!
An upcoming Nintendo Direct will hopefully reveal more information about Animal Crossing: New Horizon!