Following the big reveal of Animal Crossing: New Horizons during Nintendo’s E3 Presentations, some new details about its characters and gameplay have surfaced through gaming news outlet IGN.
Down at E3, IGN sat down with Animal Crossing: New Horizon developers Aya Kyogoku and Hisashi Nogami to find out more about the upcoming Switch entry to the Animal Crossing series. Kyogoku and Nogami shared a great deal of info about the game, including details about Islanders, Tom Nook’s resident services, Pocket Camp connectivity and more.
Check out the highlights below:
Neighbours & Islanders
- You’ll start with two or so neighbors
- Before they choose a spot for their home, these two neighbors will check with you to see if it’s okay
- If you don’t like where they’ve chosen, you can pick a spot for them
- The islanders that move onto the island with you at the start can’t be forced off, but they might leave on their own
- There will be a system that gives an opportunity to invite animals to the island
- There aren’t any new personality types.
- There are new ways to improve your friendship with Islanders, like gifting them crafted items
- Islanders can teach you new DIY recipes
- The animals who join you are also in debt to Tom Nook
- All animals will pay their debt back to Tom Nook at their own pace
Tom Nook’s Resident Services & Nook Phone
- Timmy and Tommy, and Tom Nook will already be on the island as well
- Tom Nook has a place called Resident Services, and this is what all of his Bells go into
- The purpose of these services are to “make sure that all the residents on the island are happy and are living a good life”
- A New Currency called “Nook Miles” can be earned
- Earned by completing achievements through activities such as fishing and crafting
- Can be exchanged for special items and recipes
- The Nook Phone will get new apps
Player Character & Gameplay
- Some new elements in gameplay include building up the island, and building something from scratch
- You can live in a tent forever if you’d like
- There will be new hair and facial features to choose from
- You can’t set up a tent on a friend’s island.
- Only one island per system
- Voice chat will probably be done through the Nintendo Switch Online app.
Pocket Camp Connectivity
- There won’t be direct connectivity to Pocket Camp, but there will be collaborative items between the two
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is scheduled to launch 20 March 2020 on Nintendo Switch.
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