Buildable Stairs and Brick Paths revealed in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Analysis)

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A new advertisement for Animal Crossing: New Horizons in Taiwan has revealed two exciting new major details for game!

The most obvious discovery inside the ad, shown in the banner above, has to be the staircase attached to the cliff in the back! Given that we have never seen any accessibility to the second level before, it’s safe to assume this is a feature to be built at some point in the game.

This leads us to believe that at least the initial first few days on the deserted island could have us restricted from the second level, which would be a first in the series. However, another possibility is that the vaulting pole can somehow be used before the stairs are built.

Hopefully the stairs can come in a variety of designs just like bridges in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and ideally a full matching set of designs too. And who will build them anyway? Could Resetti’s new job be in construction?

Beyond the buildable stairs, we can spot a new type of brick path design running between the stairs and the nearby bridge below. It appears to be matching the brick design of the stairs too.

While the new pathing feature has been known for a long time, this is the first time we’ve ever seeing a different design on display and I am SO glad to see it. I was beginning to worry we weren’t going to see any more path designs! There’s plenty of potential here for even more than just dirt and bricks too.

Those are the main two obvious discoveries from this new advertisement, but a few other small things may be worth mentioning. For one, we can see what I believe to be a new type of fencing behind the bench with Julian.

We can also see our second sighting of ‘Joan Junior’ by the house in the top right. We first saw them in the recent sticker accessories, but it’s great to see an in-game look!

If you look closely at the door on that nearby house too, you’ll notice the door has been customized to a light blue design. And of course a lovely flower wreath is on the door, but that’s not really new.

Finally, for those keeping track of newly confirmed villagers, I’m fairly certain this is the first time we’ve seen Julian, Beau, and Pekoe in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! The confirmations keep coming and I’m feeling quite confident every villager from New Leaf will return.

So, what do you think? Did you spot anything else interesting in this fresh Animal Crossing: New Horizons artwork? What other path types would you like to see? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks to @wario65535 for sharing the advertisement photo, thanks to @Doraemon_203 and @lrregu for the edited banner.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches worldwide in less than two months from now on March 20th! Check out our release date countdown here, or pre-order the game here. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for more news as we approach the release!

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I am SO excited to finally have leveled towns again. I wonder if we’ll also get three level towns or if they’re just sticking to two this time. I’d love to see some cobblestone paths or white brick.


Goodness I want a third level. Desperately!


Multiple levels + less rolling log effect = GameCube nostalgia overload


now we just need the random soccer / basketballs to kick around ;D


“every villager from New Leaf”
Oh man I hope so, I’m keeping my hopes up for the Sanrio, Splatoon and Zelda amiibo ones


Honestly this makes the wait so worth it. This game is going to be gorgeous.


It looks like a player house on the second level? If so, it could mean that we can move the location of our house later in the game. Also it’s spelled Pekoe


I honestly wonder if we will be able to use the NFC reader with New Horizons. I have a a few cards and the reader from when I bought HHD.


“Can you confirm that Animal Crossing New Horizons will be compatible with the amiibo range?

Aya Kyogoku: Given the number of maps and figurines available, we are obviously thinking of making New Horizons compatible with amiibo, but unfortunately I cannot tell you more about this compatibility at this stage of development.”


‘More than dirt to make paths with’ has been my primary desire since this game was shown at E3, so I’m extremely happy to see that bricks are an option. Now that I know there’s more than just plain old dirt, I’m pretty sure there’ll be several options. 😀 The stairs are neat, too! I’ve never build stairs in an AC game before. I wonder how long it takes to unlock all these options. I love unlockables…anticipating having new options in the game keeps me playing a long time. . Judging by how interested people get in seeing villagers get… Read more »


There’s no wrong way to play Animal Crossing!

I’m not as excited about villager reveals either, but that doesn’t discount the countless hours I’ve put into the series. Be proud of the way you play!