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Updates For ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ May Be Postponed



Updates For ‘Animal Crossing_ New Horizons’ May Be Postponed

New reports have suggested that updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons could be delayed.

The latest installment in the Animal Crossing franchise, New Horizons, dropped last weekend. Upon release, fans were treated to a day-one update which included a special in-game Nintendo Switch as well as preparations for the upcoming Bunny Event, inspired by the real-world’s Easter.

What’s more, a Nintendo Directo focusing on the game ahead of its release stated that Nintendo will be releasing regular updates for the game for future events (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more), and to potentially add additional content.

Unfortunately, these updates could be postponed. Game director Aya Kyogoku said in an interview with The Washington Post that the team in Japan is working hard amid the rising COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the 1,000 cases, Nintendo is still open. Kyogoku told the Post that work on the updates “is still going” before adding: “We’re not sure if we have to shift anything, but I think we have to be flexible.”

Hisashi Nogami, New Horizons’ producer, echoed the statement and explained that the team’s wellbeing is their top priority. He said: “In terms of the development team, I do have to think about their health and well-being as well.”

All Animal Crossing games have been created with an aim to play for several years and with New Horizons, that hasn’t changed. Both Kyogoku and Nogami have planned multiple seasonal events as DLC updates.

Time Travelling

A staple of the Animal Crossing franchise is time travelling in which players adjust the in-game date to move time backwards or forwards to enjoy future events or unlock new items or buildings.

In New Horizons, time travelling has become less impactful due to updates being locked behind DLC updates. However, this wasn’t done to prevent time travellers from enjoying these events, with Kyogoku saying: “Adding all the seasonal events by updates wasn’t our way to shun away time travel by any means.”

Also in the interview, Kyogoku explained that the team decided to include crafting to keep players from running out of things to do in-game when shops close. Kyogoku explained:

“Because the Animal Crossing series is tied to the real-time clock, there are users who want to play at night or who want to play early in the morning/ By giving those users an option to craft, we thought this would be a new way for them to play and to acquire [craftable] items.”

The new crafting feature, along with the brand new terraforming which allows users to edit their island, have both made New Horizons a huge success, particularly in the UK where the game enjoyed the biggest single-game launch on the Nintendo Switch.

We reported yesterday that New Horizons’ launch is 3.5 times bigger than previous instalment New Leaf on the Nintendo 3DS. It also beat Bethesda’s Doom Eternal which launched on the same day as New Horizons on March 20th.

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