Animal Crossing: New Horizons Server Maintenance Tonight (August 20th, 2020)

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New server maintenance for Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been announced by Nintendo for tonight, which is often in preparation for a new minor update release.

We received an in-game notification on our Nintendo Switch while playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons alerting us of the incoming maintenance set to begin shortly at 5:50PM Pacific Time / 8:50PM Eastern Time.

More complete details of the maintenance can be found on the official Network Maintenance Information / Operational Status page on Nintendo’s official website, which we’ll cover below.

According to the official status page, both Animal Crossing: New Horizons network services and the NookLink service within the Nintendo Switch Online mobile application will be down for maintenance for about an hour and a half tonight on August 20th beginning at 5:50PM Pacific Time / 8:50PM Eastern Time and ending at 7:30PM Pacific Time / 10:30PM Eastern Time.

We’ve included all of the important and relevant information below:

Future maintenance schedule

Nintendo Switch Online app

  • NookLink

During the maintenance window, network services may be unavailable.

Date and time

From Thursday, August 20, 2020 5 :50 PM – Thursday, August 20, 2020 7 :30 PM Pacific Time

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  • Certain Network Services

During the maintenance window, network services may be unavailable.

Date and time

From Thursday, August 20, 2020 5 :50 PM – Thursday, August 20, 2020 7 :30 PM Pacific Time

It’s impossible for us to say for sure what the server maintenance will be addressing or is intended for, however there is almost always a new game update when Nintendo brings down the game servers around this time of night.

UPDATE: As predicted, a new Version 1.4.2 Update is now available for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Check out all the details including full Version 1.4.2 patch notes in our full article here!

In fact, just earlier this month the minor Version 1.4.1 Update was released alongside identically timed server maintenance, so we’re almost 100% certain an update will be launching tonight. That update brought controversial changes to the hacked Star Fragment trees.

If there is a new Animal Crossing: New Horizons game update alongside this server downtime though, we would expect it to be another fairly minor update fixing any bugs and glitches that have been discovered by Nintendo. One possibility is that the 4th Cliff Tier access glitch could be fixed.

So it does seem highly likely there will be a minor bug fix update released shortly tonight around when the servers go down for maintenance. We can’t absolutely guarantee that though as nothing has been officially announced beyond the server downtime.

Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for everything on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including our extensive Guides section here. In particular, don’t miss out on our recent August Fireworks Show EventTripping & How To Craft King Tut Mask, and Dreaming With Luna guides.

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