Pocket Camp Club paid subscription service coming to Pocket Camp later this week

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We’re coming up on the second anniversary of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Nintendo has just made a big announcement about the game’s future, although you might not like it…

Starting later this week, Nintendo will introduce two new paid membership plans into Pocket Camp under the banner of the Pocket Camp Club! Yes, you read that correctly. The company isn’t offering up much information yet, but here’s what we know so far…

In the first membership plan, players will unlock the ability to appoint one of their favorite animals as a ‘camp caretaker’ to give them extra help around the campsite. This is quite vague, but we’re guessing this could mean automating the rewards from talking to campers or help with gardening.

With the second membership plan, players will receive fortune cookies and be able to store their furniture and clothing items in a new ‘warehouses’ feature. The first part of this plan about receiving fortune cookies is dead simple and makes sense for a subscription, but the warehouses feature asks a lot of questions.

Currently, there is no inventory limit for the number of furniture and clothing you can store in Pocket Camp, so one has to wonder why anyone would need a warehouse to store them in.

While this new service might seems strange, the concept isn’t completely unknown for Nintendo mobile games. The company’s most recent release Mario Kart Tour features a Gold Pass subscription for $5 USD per month that gives you free bonus gifts, gold challenges, and unlocks access to the 200cc race mode.

We don’t yet know exactly what the Pocket Camp Club plans will cost or what they will offer beyond the limited details above, but looking at the Mario Kart Tour’s Gold Pass could be a hint of what’s to come. There’s not long to wait though as full details of the service will be revealed on November 20th. We’ll be back then with everything you need to know about the Pocket Camp Club!

As for my own thoughts on the service, it’s definitely hard not to feel weary of what this could turn out to be. With the ever increasing Leaf Ticket items and the controversy surrounding Gulliver changes just a couple months ago, Nintendo needs to be careful with how far they push their player base into forceful monetization.

On the flip side though, there is potential for there to be a good deal here for players who already spend on Pocket Camp every month. If someone currently spends $10 a month on fortune cookies, and the plan offers $15 worth of fortune cookies with bonus features for a $10 subscription, that could be alright for many people.

We’ll just have to wait and see though as it could easily be a terrible value too. Not to mention the potential dangers of starting to lock features behind a paywall, especially if they turn out to be meaningful.

UPDATE 11/21: Want to see more on the Pocket Camp Club service? Check out our lengthy video tour of both plans here!

What are your thoughts on the Pocket Camp Club so far though? Would you consider paying a monthly fee for the game if it gave you enough perks? Let us know in the comments below — I’d love to get a discussion going over this surely controversial announcement!

(Photo credit to Polygon)

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Angie

So does this mean that anyone who wants to play pocket camp will have to pay a monthly fee to play the game?? This doesn’t sound to hopeful.

Home Guy
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No, the monthly plans will be optional.

Yvette
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Yvette

I do spend money, more than I should, but it depends if I like the prize or whatever I am paying for. I don’t care about fish trophies, but I may like certain prizes etc. I may stop playing all together if I have to pay to maintain my current level of playing. Would save me quite a bit of money.

Vonda
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Vonda

If i have to start paying a monthly fee i will probably get rid of the game . I have been playing it for two years free they might want us to pay to play . I dont think many people will like that

Anne
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Anne

Yea I’m glad I dumped this game it’s money grab like most mobile Games

Lauren
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Lauren

Honestly, I barely play the game as it it because it’s set up for you to fail the events so you pay for leaf tickets, you shouldn’t have to pay money just to be able to get through events or play. Personally I think Nintendo really needs to think about the concept of animal crossing and why we love it so much in the first place.

Home Guy
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Depends on what you mean by “fail.” I’ve played since Day 1 and I’ve never spent one dime on the game. The only things I don’t “do” are the ones that take excessive Leaf tickets. I’m perfectly fine playing every day but not (for instance) having Digby’s hammock in my camp. If it costs 350 tickets to craft it, that’s fine, I’ll just play every day and not craft it. Same with some of the other crafting opportunities. I don’t consider it “failing” to not craft every single item that’s available. I get all the trophies in the fishing tournaments,… Read more »

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I don’t pay for stuff in this game, I rarely buy fortune cookies and hate how I can get the sabe item three times running. I’d never pay to play this game and I’m annoyed that a subscription offering features I otherwise can’t use is being introduced. I’ve been Loyal to AC since the gamecube, so I’m very sad about this.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Will my camp caretaker give away “trophy” items? I have one squid, pale chub, fruit beetle, etc. that have been discontinued and I don’t want to lose them. Also, if my friendship level with animals won’t increase, does that mean that theirs will, but the points won’t go towards my gamer level? For example, Goldie will level up from 31 to 32, but I won’t level up from 209 to 210?