Animal Crossing: New Horizons which was originally supposed to release this year has been delayed until March 20, 2020. The delay appears to be worth it though as Nintendo showed a little bit more of the game during their Nintendo Treehouse Live and its gameplay looks fantastic.
First off, Animal Crossing: New Horizons departs from past Animal Crossing games. Instead of having you move to a pre-existing village, New Horizons has players winning a getaway package to a deserted island from Tom Nook. This was done to give players the ability to build up an island from scratch as when the player first arrives there, the island will be mostly empty and players will only have a neighbor or two.
At the beginning when you arrive on the island, Tom Nook gives you a tent which you can pitch anywhere on the island and the spot is where you will live. Furniture is able to be placed anywhere on the outside which is a first for the series. This allows players to customize their islands as they’ve done in past titles with their house. Furniture can also be moved in half units which is returning from Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. If players would still like to just drop the furniture as they’ve done in past games that can still be done as well.
A new feature that is being added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ability to craft. The island has many materials like stone, clay, and wood which can be collected and used to craft a variety of furniture and tools. Further giving players the ability to really make the island their own. In order to craft furniture, you can go to the Residents Service Area ran by Nook Inc. In this area, you can craft and sell furniture and tools or buy tools like the ax, shovel, etc.
Nook has also established a mileage service called Nook Miles which rewards you with mileage points for doing certain tasks that can then be spent on items or furniture. Another thing Nook has now is his own cellphone called the Nook Phone which the player will have. This phone will be complete with apps. One such app allows you to phone a resident. Through this, you can invite a family or friend who also lives on the island so that you can play together. You can even share the Joy-Cons with another person so that you can play side by side with each other. This is the first Animal Crossing that has had local co-op in this capacity. The total number of players who can be on your island at the same time is 8. This is also a first for Animal Crossing.
All previous Animal Crossing towns have always taken place in the northern hemisphere. So for players who live in the southern hemisphere, their towns would have the seasons of the northern hemisphere. That has now been changed with New Horizons. So now southern hemisphere players will have the correct seasons for their hemisphere.
If you’d like to find out more details about Animal Crossing’s gameplay you can watch Nintendo Treehouse Live below or check out the official website. Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be available on March 20, 2020.