Animal Crossing: New Horizons is coming to the Nintendo Switch in March 2020, watch the amazing trailer here
During today’s Nintendo Direct: E3 2019 presentation, the company finally revealed the long awaited new Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo Switch and it’s called Animal Crossing: New Horizons!
In this brand new mainline Animal Crossing game, we begin on a new deserted island with a special delivery from Tom Nook himself. With the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package, you’ll have everything you need to get started.
In fact, it looks like you’ll be doing plenty of crafting in this Animal Crossing world by making use of Tom Nook’s handy workbench. Collect resources from all around the island in rocks, trees, and more to use them at the crafting table.
And what can you craft at this workbench? It looks like the crafting system may at least in part replace much of the Public Work Projects from Animal Crossing: New Leaf as many of the crafting items are outdoors decoration! Bonfires, log benches, clotheslines, sign posts, log stools, and more are all in the cards.
Better yet, all of these items appear to be placeable on the island floor, like regular in-house furniture in past Animal Crossing games. And yes, that standard interior furniture looks to be placeable in the landscape too!
One neat detail highlighted in the trailer to illustrate the deserted nature of your island at the beginning is the use of a vaulting pole to cross rivers! We’re taking this to mean that the island might actually start with no bridges at all, until you’re able to build up your first one, leaving you to hop over yourself.
The ending of the trailer also revealed 8 players playing at the same time, so it looks like our online multiplayer adventures might be a lot more lively this time around. And during the Treehouse Live demo, a local multiplayer feature on the same system with different Joy-Cons was revealed too!
Other highlights we noticed include crafting the traditional Animal Crossing tools at the workbench (potentially breakable?), villagers sitting down on the ground, and new backpack items,
Aside from new features, Animal Crossing: New Horizons features a gorgeous fresh new art style for the series giving it a unique look from previous titles. Early reactions seem a bit divisive on the style, but we’re loving it personally — specially the winter and fall seasons!
Unfortunately, this exciting reveal comes alongside the announcement of a delay to the game’s release schedule. Previously announced for release during 2019, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now set to launch in the spring of next year on March 20th, 2020. This will no doubt come as a bit of a surprise and disappointment to fans, but from what we saw of the game today, the wait should be well worth it!
Pre-orders are now open for Animal Crossing: New Horizons at Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons as we approach the release date next year.