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Nintendo To Hold ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Talk At GDC 2020

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Nintendo To Hold ‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ Talk At GDC 2020

Nintendo has announced that it will be holding a talk on the upcoming Animal Crossing game at next month’s Game Developers Conference (GDC).

The tech giant revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s game producer Hisashi Nogami and director Aya Kyogoku will be presenting the talk. A brief description from Nintendo explains what the talk will cover:

“This talk will delve into the fundamental concepts and design philosophies that have been a part of the franchise since the beginning, and reveal how these ideas have evolved over time in response to changes in the world around us.

“Attendees will gain fresh insight into the unique gameplay experiences that Nintendo developers create and see how these design concepts are realised in the latest entry in the Animal Crossing franchise, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It promises to be a rare look inside the Animal Crossing design and development process.”

This year’s GDC event takes place in San Francisco, California, between March 16th and 20th. Nintendo will be one of the many game publishers attending. Other game firms set to appear include Ubisoft, Remedy Entertainment, Rockstar Games, Epic Games, Crystal Dynamics, ad more. Sadly, Sony PlayStation announced that it will not be attending the event due to concerns over the coronavirus, days after dropping out of PAX East for similar reasons.

The Animal Crossing Direct

Yesterday, Nintendo dropped a new Direct focusing on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and shared a ton of gameplay. The Direct was shown as a presentation from Tom Nook, who is sending players away to a deserted island via his Deserted Island Getaway Package.

On the island, players will be tasked with starting a new life and building a community with their animal neighbours. The Direct showed new gameplay as well as the return of familiar characters such as Isabelle, Gulliver, the Able Sisters, and more.

As shown in the Direct, players will be able to change their island’s terrain for the first time in the franchise. Players can edit lakes, rivers and cliffs, as well as build their own pathways and so much more.

The Direct also unveiled New Horizons’ plethora of customisation options which allows players to edit the colour of items, design their home with more intricacy, and even control where shops and animal villagers place their homes or buildings.

Like most other Animal Crossing games, the Direct revealed that New Horizons will include various updates to celebrate real-world holidays such as Easter (Known as Bunny Day in the game), Halloween, and Christmas. Another event shown in the video was a Fish Tourney.

Earlier this year, Nintendo was criticised after revealing that the game will not support file transfers nor cloud saving. Although the game supports a save data recovery for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, the tech giant revealed this week that the game will support save file transfers later this year.

A statement from Nintendo reads: “This game does not currently support the ability to transfer your save file from one Nintendo Switch console to another. However, a function specific to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to move users and save data to another console is planned for later this year.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to release on March 20th alongside an Animal Crossing-themed Switch console.

Image credit: Nintendo YouTube

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