How The Fishing Tourney Event Has Changed in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (New Video!)

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New information on the Fishing Tourney event in Animal Crossing: New Horizons hosted by the new special character beaver, C.J, has been revealed thanks to a hidden video on the official game website!

In this brand new video from the official website files, we get a 27 second long look at exactly how the Fishing Tourney event plays in New Horizons and there are certainly some interesting changes to note.

According to the gameplay in the video, the Fishing Tourney will now compromise of a 3 minute time trial challenge to catch as many fish as possible in the time provided. As soon as you equip your fishing rod tool, the timer begins at the top of the screen alongside a fish caught counter!

We can then watch the player race around the island catching as many fish as possible in the 3 minute time limit given as the counter at the top rises with every fish caught. In the end, it seems he caught seven fish worth seven points after returning to C.J!

Later in the video, we can spot that the light has changed to a sunset dusk mood as C.J announces the end of the spring Fishing Tourney! This would seem to indicate that the 3 minute challenge can take place numerous times and not just once.

That’s exactly what you’d expect given that it was previously a 9 hour long event in previous Animal Crossing games, but how will it work then? Can you just play an endless amount of times? Thankfully we can look to screenshots of Flick’s Bug-Off event for a hint about that matter.

In the Animal Crossing Direct, Flick specifically said that his Bug-Off event was ‘free for first-timers’, which was quite confusing the first time we saw it. Why would you have to pay to play when it was always a free event before?

Now that we’ve seen footage of the Fishing Tourney though, the pieces are starting to fall into place! It’s likely that you can play the Fishing Tourney and Bug-Off timed challenges as many times as you wish, or at least up to a reasonable limit, but an entrance fee will be required each time after your first free try.

The fact that Flick refers to his offer as a ’round’ of the Bug-Off seems to be add to this theory as well, so I’m pretty confident some kind of multi-round system with entrance fees will be taking place for the Fishing Tourney and Bug-Off in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Hopefully the challenges will vary between a few different options too, so it doesn’t get too repetitive. The specific challenge seen in the video is to catch as many fish as possible in 3 minutes, but perhaps there could be twists like catch many fish of a certain type in a longer time period!

Depending on how fishing bait works in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, that new mechanic could mesh together with Fishing Tourney challenges to help you catch a specific fish. Fishing bait was seen in the September Direct, and the bag even spotted in a new commercial, but we still have no details on how it actually works.

We’ll still have to wait and see to find out exactly what the entrance fee for these events will be and how it effects the worthiness of the events, including what prizes are available, but this is certainly a very interesting twist to the classic Animal Crossing formula for these events.

Let me know in the comments below what you think about this change and if you’re looking forward to playing the new Fishing Tourney in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! Personally, I’m curious but excited as the Animal Crossing series can always use changes to shake things up.

Shout-out to jiojiop from The Bell Tree Forums for spotting this new gameplay clip in the open assets folder on Nintendo’s website!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches worldwide on March 20th! Pre-order the game herethe official guide here, and check our release date countdown here. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for more news as we approach the release!

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