Animal Crossing New Horizons' new update has arrived on Nintendo Switch consoles around the world and it brings with it new characters and a new event!
The biggest feature is the new Nature Day event that is arriving in celebration of Earth Day.
Along with new characters such as Leif and Redd, we'll have plenty to look forward to.
Here's what has been added in the 1.2.0 patch update.
Patch 1.2.0 Notes For Animal Crossing New Horizons
Here are the full patch notes as detailed by the Official Nintendo website:
Ver. 1.2.0 (Released April 22, 2020)
The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.2.0” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.
- The following visiting merchants can now visit the island.
- Leif (gardening shop)
- Redd (Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler)
- Added seasonal events.
- Addressed issues to further ensure an enjoyable gaming experience.
What Else Has Been Added?
In addition, players will receive a letter from the Bank of Nook announcing that the monthly interest on Bells in your saving account has been lowered.
You'll also receive a consolation present: a Bell-bag Rug.
A letter from Nintendo thanking players, with an included present: a World Map
Blathers will also now expand the museum to hold Works of Art, which can be purchased from Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler on days that he visits your island's northern beach.
Three new Nook Miles Achievements have been added and 5 additions to Nook Mileage Redemption rewards:
- Tom Nook's Green Nook Inc. aloha shirt - 600 Miles
- Isabelle's Coral Nook Inc. aloha shirt - 600 Miles
- Nook Inc. aloha shirt - 600 Miles
- Nook Inc. botanical rug - 1,000 Miles
- Bell-bag rug - 1,200 Miles
New Bush Icons
New Wallpapers, Flooring, And Rugs
Museum Wall Mounts
All New Placable Objects
All New Outfits and Accessories
All New Artwork
All New Statues
The Nature Day event, celebrating its real-world equivalent Earth Day, will begin on the 23rd April and run until the 4th May 2020.
Leif's Garden Shop
Leif will be appearing and selling all sorts of Gardening goodies
New agriculture will be available in the form of shrubs
Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler
Redd returns with an abundance of rare items for sale in his ship-shop located on the secret beach.
Redd sells pieces of art, but be careful as some are fake - it's up to you to figure out what's fake and what's not.
The museum will be getting a new art gallery!
It appears that Leif the Sloth is leading the special event this time around.
You can check out the most recent updates here:
Data Miners Reveal New Content
Recently, data miner Ninji revealed a bunch of unreleased features that are due to arrive in Animal Crossing New Horizons.
Although some of it may be generic updates to come at a later period, he specifically said that "some of this might make it into the Earth Day update".
While Nintendo likes to keep things vague with their updates, we could see plenty of these additions come in the next update.
Here's what's to come in the future:
- Two extra museum upgrades are mentioned. All three levels (after the tent) appear to contain an art section.
- Two new stand-alone buildings related to the museum are coming: the museum shop and the museum cafe (which incorporates a Gyroid section).
- Redd appears to be returning and has a ship which will dock on the ‘secret beach’ at the north of the island. It also seems that you will be able to give him stuff.
- The ‘fake art’ mechanic will make a return to Animal Crossing.
- Bushes are returning, specifically mentioning azalea, hibiscus, holly, hydrangea, camellia, osmanthus (this list may change as they have already done between the 1.0.0 and 1.1.4 updates).
- Vegetables will be added, similar to fruit, such as tomato, wheat, sugar cane, potato, carrot, pumpkin.
- 1.0.0 has a file for a “Seafood” Critterpedia page that’s supposed to contain 33 items; the only one actually in the released game is the manila clam.
- A third Nook’s Cranny upgrade is referenced.
- Swimming/Diving is being added and will allow you to obtain fish (a different set from fishing) and seaweed. There’s a portion of the save file reserved to store them already!
- Unused shopping interfaces in the game include: ‘cGardening’, ‘cMuseum’, ‘cRealEstate’, ‘cGallery’.
- There’s a function that stores a ‘play report’ (Nintendo’s aggregate stats on gameplay) with three variants: get_recipe_diy, get_recipe_clothing, get_recipe_cooking - currently, only the DIY one is used so we could see the other two added.
- Some mentions of stuff here have been removed from 1.1 onwards; the list mentioning ‘FlowerBush’ and vegetable names has been modified to list ‘FlBu, V0, V1, V2, …’ instead, one mention of Redd’s shop has gone from
- ‘TShop’ is in what seems to be a list of doors that buildings can have. Since 1.1 they’ve added ‘WOffice’ as well, which isn’t actually used yet, but might be something they’re working on…
- There’s a list of types for items where every type is used in the game, except for “Art” and “Dishes”.
None of this can be confirmed officially and may change or just be excess code. But it's an exciting time to know that Animal Crossing still has a lot left to give us!
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