Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be the latest incarnation of the Animal Crossing series and as such fans will have a familiarity when it pertains to the series as a whole. However, Nintendo is making sure that old fans and new fans alike have new elements in this entry on Switch to keep things fresh and exciting.
Here is a list of things that will be implemented in New Horizons that will separate it from its predecessors: (Via IGN)
-Life on the Island: you’e joined existing towns, been the mayor of your own town, and now you’re off to a deserted island.
-Nook Inc featuring Resident Services: similar to other jobs Tom Nook has had, Nook Inc. is a company that focusses on giving Islanders what they need. Nook Inc. will expand the island facilities as necessary (based on your progression). Resident services will have a workbench where you can craft materials.
-Some shopping is done outside of shops: for example, in the resident services tent you can buy from Timmy directly. A menu will pop up showing that day’s items.
-Dodo Airlines Plane Ride: You will arrive to the island via plane this time!
-Character customization will be available from the start and no longer done through cryptic quiz questions. It’s better for players but makes the plane ride less exciting. You can change these features at any time.
-Choose where villagers live: before villagers choose a spot for their home, they’ll check with you to see if it’s okay. If you don’t like where they settle down you can tell them you don’t want them to build in that particular spot and move their house location to wherever you see fit.
-Villagers start off just like you: they’re in a tent and in debt to Tom Nook. How the mighty have fallen.
-Villagers will upgrade their homes over time: this does not seem to be affected by your own progression speed.
-You only start with 2 other villagers.
-Furniture can go outside! (completely outside of Public Works Projects) – put a sofa on the beach, put a campfire in your living room! Furniture can go anywhere.
-Items can be placed on the beach: building on the above, that means even the beach is fair game!
-You can move furniture by half units: just like in Happy Home Designer, furniture can be moved in half units. This allows for more flexibility.
-Multiplayer can go up to 8 players: increased from 4, multiplayer now supports up to 8 for local wireless or online play. Be sure to check out our How to Play Multiplayer page for all the details.
-Wind blows through the tree: is wind a new environmental concept in the Animal Crossing universe or could you just not see it before? Doesn’t matter! Because now you can see the wind sharing the leaves on the trees.
-Real-life seasons are reflected in the game… even for players in the Southern Hemisphere!: seasonal changes is a staple in the Animal Crossing series but before New Horizons this was limited to those playing in the Northern Hemisphere. Now even Southern Hemisphere players will get to enjoy this feature to its full capacity.
-You can change your skin tone: This feature was introduced in Happy Home Designer but it’s new to the mainline series.
-There will be new hair and facial features to choose from.
-Character customization and gender: There’s no longer a distinction between masculine and feminine customization features.
-Crafting plays a huge role: you can still buy tools, etc, from shops but now you can also craft those things yourself. Check out our DIY Recipes page for more info.
-More inventory slots and stacked inventory: you’ll have 20 inventory starts at the start and item will stack so that 3 apples takes up 1 slot instead of 3. Stacking isn’t totally new but it seems more efficient and intuitive.
-You can use bait while fishing: you can craft bait! One type of bait comes in the form of clams that you can dig up on the beach. Just look for the water spouts in the sand.
-Nook Miles are a new currency: It’s still all about the Bells but Nook Miles can be exchanged for items and activities, such as a Nook Inc. uniform, DIY recipes, and other services. So even something as simple as picking up weeds serves multiple purposes: it makes your island “prettier,” they can be sold for bells, you can use them to make a DIY recipe item, and picking a certain amount gives you Nook Miles via the Weed Eater challenge which brings us to another new feature.
-Weeds can be collected, sold, or used for crafting.
-NookPhone connects you to everything, similar to the design feature from New Leaf: NookMiles are just one of several apps you can get on your NookPhone. This is also where you can find your craftable options (DIY Recipes), do local multiplayer (Call Islander), use photo mode (Camera), and more.
-There are new ways to improve friendship with Islanders: such as gifting them crafted items.
-You can cross rivers by vaulting over them: Bridges are still cool but they’re ultimately unnecessary when it comes to crossing rivers. Just use the Vaulting Pole to get over it.
-Voice chat can be done through the Nintendo Switch Online app: According to Aya Kyogoku, of the development team, the app should be compatible with New Horizons.
-Trees are replantable.
-Trees can be hit multiple times (for wood) and not become “chopped down.”
-You can eat apples (and other foods, presumably) to make work go more quickly: Eat an apple and instantly dig up a tree… seriously!
-You can make dirt paths using a trowel: this is an alternative to just putting a bunch of patterns on the ground.
-Autosave is now a feature.
With all these changes coming fans of the series will see improvements across the entire gameplay experience. For new fans, this game is shaping up to be a perfect opportunity to jump in and take part in the world of Animal Crossing with more ease than ever before.
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