It’s officially been over two months since Animal Crossing: New Horizons was first revealed and shown at the Nintendo Direct E3 2019 presentation on June 11th, 2019!
Naturally, many Animal Crossing fans are now asking themselves when the next preview or trailer of New Horizons will come. Most likely, this will come in the form of the next Nintendo Direct presentation.
While the company has yet to announce a Nintendo Direct as of early August 2019, we can look at historic precedent from past years to make some educated guesses on when the next Nintendo Direct will likely occur.
Last year in 2018, the first fully featured main Nintendo Direct presentation following that year’s E3 2018 Direct took place on September 13th, 2018. It was actually originally scheduled for September 8th but faced a week-long delay after an earthquake hit Japan where the company is headquartered.
The September 2018 Nintendo Direct was a pretty big event featuring two big brand new games announcements with Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Animal Crossing announced for release on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Then the year before in 2017, another main Nintendo Direct event was held after the year’s E3 2017 Direct on September 13th, 2017. And yes, that is actually the exact same date as when the 2018 version was hosted!
Going back one more year back to 2016, there was another Nintendo Direct held on September 1st, 2017. Technically that wasn’t a true general Direct as it was only for Nintendo 3DS games, but the Nintendo Switch hadn’t yet been announced and the Wii U was dead in the water, so it was a de-facto main Nintendo Direct.
When will the next main Nintendo Direct be held?
No doubt, we can easily see from this historic data in 2016, 2017, and 2018 that there is consistently a big Nintendo Direct held in the September after E3 every year, especially towards the first half of the month.
Therefore, we’re pretty confident in saying that the next Nintendo Direct will almost certainly be held in September 2019! Unfortunately in the last three years, there has never once been a general Nintendo Direct held in August, so you’ll probably have to wait until September.
Another reason to expect an early September event is that Nintendo likes to use Nintendo Directs to promote their imminently releasing new games too, not just the big reveals for father away releases. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is scheduled for release on September 20th, so it’s highly likely to see a presentation before then to help promote the game.
If it doesn’t happen in September though, the Nintendo Direct will definitely come in early to mid October at the latest to help promote the release of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on October 31st.
Will the next Nintendo Direct show Animal Crossing: New Horizons?
As for whether we’ll actually see Animal Crossing: New Horizons shown off at this next Nintendo Direct in September, it’s hard to say. Since the game won’t be released until next year, it’s not a guarantee necessarily the company will show more gameplay yet.
On the other hand, Nintendo does have a history of showcasing some more information on games releasing early next year in their fall presentations. Yoshi’s Crafted World released in March 2019 and received a new one-minute trailer showing new gameplay in the September 2018 Nintendo Direct.
And in the September 2017 event, Kirby’s Star Allies was given the same treatment with a new trailer shown off and the game releasing the next March, just like Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
So there’s certainly precedent here for a further reveal of Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the next Nintendo Direct in September, but it’s obviously not a guarantee either.
As for what Nintendo might show in a new trailer for New Horizons, we’ve got a few ideas based on what we first saw at E3 earlier this year!
Many fans have been wondering about where the shops and buildings we’re used to, like the Museum or Re-Tail, are in New Horizons since they weren’t shown in any E3 footage. A second trailer in the fall would be a great opportunity to start sharing a peek at these familiar features to ease the fears that some got from their first impressions of New Horizons at E3.
There’s also a lot of interesting new features that were briefly hinted at in the gameplay footage shown at E3, but not actually properly highlighted that could be confirmed with more details. For example we’d like to see more of the airplane dock area and cliffs that we spotted at the bottom of the map in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Map Analysis.