2.20.2020 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct MegaThread


#2.20.2020 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct MegaThread

##Please use this thread for all pre-event hype and speculation, as well as post-event thoughts reactions.

#Watch & Discuss

The event has now ended

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#Recap of announcements

Tom Nook has an eye for business. That’s why the staple Animal Crossing character took time out of his very busy schedule to host a new video presentation about his latest endeavor, the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package. In the presentation, he details the ins and outs of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, launching exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems on March 20. The video covers everything you, a potential Deserted Island Getaway Package customer, need to know to get started: an introduction to your new island life, the basics of home ownership, details about your new neighbors, land development, exploration, crafting and so much more.

“The Animal Crossing games offer players a unique and relaxing escape from the stresses of everyday life, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons builds on that by letting players build their own island utopia from scratch,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “When Nintendo Switch owners pack their virtual bags and move into their new island home, they will experience more ways to customize their Animal Crossing life than ever before. Just like Nintendo Switch itself, the game lets you play the way you want to play.”

Before you set off on your own island getaway, check out the full video at https://www.animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/. Some of the highlights of Tom Nook’s information session include:

**Features new to the series!**

* **Life on the Island:** Nook Inc. confidently recommends a trip to a remote deserted island. And that’s not just because it’s the only company that offers this type of package! On the island, life is as peaceful and relaxing as it gets. Since the island is deserted, you can create your new life from the very beginning – just like a pioneer! Time flows as naturally as in the real world, including seasons and day and night cycles that mirror real time.
* **DIY:** By collecting specific materials around the island, you can craft a wide variety of things, including tools and furniture. DIY workshops teach you how to enrich your life by crafting DIY recipes. As you become more familiar with DIY, you can even learn special skills like changing the color of your DIY furniture or decorating them with custom designs.
* **NookPhone:** Nook Inc. will provide some basic necessities and services, including your very own NookPhone. It has standard apps, like a camera and map, but over time, new applications will be added to support your island needs. The camera can be used to take in-game photos all over the island – you can even add fancy filters like all the cool kids are doing!
* **Nook Miles:** For players looking for more concrete goals, and to help offer guidance and inspiration on the island, you can take advantage of the Nook Mileage program. As you fulfill certain challenges and experiences, you will earn miles to pay off the cost of the getaway package or, eventually, to exchange for in-game rewards. Rewards range from in-game Nook Inc. merchandise and helpful items that can enrich your time on the island, to tickets that you can use to visit distant islands.
* **Island Tours:** These “mystery island tours” are at the whim of the pilot, so you never know where you will end up! Once on these smaller islands, feel free to gather as many items as you want – like DIY materials and creatures – and take them back with you to your island.
* **Party Play:** With the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway package, up to eight people can live on one island.* In Party Play, you can call up to three other players to explore the island at the same time. Whoever calls the others will be the Leader, making the others the Followers. It’s easy to change out the Leader, letting others quickly take charge. Any creatures or items found by Followers will be stored in a recycle box at the Resident Services building!
* **Land Development:** While you can cross rivers on your island by pole-vaulting and climb elevated land using ladders, you can also change the landscape by adding bridges and slopes. Once your island is fully decked out, you’ll receive a permit to freely pave your own paths, as well as perform major construction like changing the paths of rivers or building and demolishing cliffs. With your own maintenance and construction permits, you can flex your creative muscles on the land itself, not just the stuff on it.
* **NookLink:** Yes, Tom Nook likes to put his name on everything. But when it’s a Nook product or service, you know you are getting something that’s high quality. With NookLink, which is part of the Nintendo Switch Online app, you can scan a Custom Design QR Code pattern from previous games Animal Crossing:** New Leaf or Animal Crossing:** Happy Home Designer with your real-life smartphone and then download them to Animal Crossing:** New Horizons. When connected online, you can talk with friends who also have the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game with the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app using your smartphone as a keyboard or for voice chat. NookLink will launch in March, soon after the selected departure included in your Deserted Island Getaway Package.

**A detailed breakdown of the Getaway Package experience!**

* **Choose Your Island:** Before boarding your flight to the island, you will choose the island from a range of options. Choosing to live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, for example, will affect the timing of the seasons, so select the location that suits you best. When the seasons change on the island, so do the activities. For Northern Hemisphere residents, spring will just be starting when the game launches on March 20, so expect blooming cherry blossoms to show up soon!
* **Orientation:** After landing on the island, you will receive a helpful orientation session from the Nook Inc. staff. At this time, you’ll be provided with the tent that’s included with your getaway package. You can chat with other island residents about where you want to set up your new home, and help them choose their home locations as well.
Resident Services:** The Resident Services facility is available to support your daily needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They provide you with services such as the sale of everyday goods, the purchase of unwanted items and helpful advice.
* **Become a Home Owner:** The tent provided to you by Nook Inc. is great, but have you considered a house? Home loans have no deadlines, interest or assessment, and you can pay your loan back at your own pace. A house offers much more space than a tent and also includes storage space for any extra furniture and baggage. Once you own a home, you can channel your inner interior designer, setting up the walls, flooring and furniture however you like. You can also use extension and remodeling services to expand and customize your home even more.
* **Customization Deluxe:** Animal Crossing:** New Horizons offers more customization options than ever before, from personalizing the look of your character all the way down to skin tone, hairstyle and clothing, to placing buildings and items wherever you want on the island. You can even decorate the inside and outside of your home! Turn that island into a MY land!
* **Airport:** This is the first place you will land on the island. (It is an airport, after all.) It’s also available to use 24 hours a day, beginning on the day after your arrival. At the airport, you can invite residents of other islands to your own island via the internet or local wireless. You can also travel and visit other islands yourself! Up to eight people can play on a given island at one time**, so feel free to get a good group together and make some fantastic memories.
* **Island-wide Broadcasts:** At the start of each day, Mr. Nook, CEO of Nook Inc., will make a broadcast to all residents, updating them with the latest on important island events and advice about how to best enjoy island living.

**Features and updates to further your island enjoyment!**

* **New Residents:** When you first land on the island you will only have a few animal residents living there with you. But as you develop your island from the ground up, more neighbors will visit and choose to move in. You can even invite some of the new residents to live there yourself! There’s nothing better than a welcoming neighbor.
* **Free Updates:** Free updates will be added after the game launches, with seasonal events continually added throughout the year. The first free update will be on launch day, March 20. By installing this update, you can celebrate Bunny Day with a special event in April. If you own both Animal Crossing:** Pocket Camp for mobile devices and Animal Crossing:** New Horizons, you’ll receive special items in each game. Details will be announced at a later date on the official Animal Crossing:** Pocket Camp Twitter account.
* **Additional Facilities:** As you grow your island, more facilities will be built. This includes a museum showcasing the rich ecosystem of the island, a shop full of ready-made furniture and goods you can’t craft yourself, a tailor offering clothing and fashion items, and a campsite where you can invite guests for recreational purposes.
* **Tourists & Events:** Your island will not only be home to new residents, but also tourists as well! These temporary visitors are always welcome and can offer up items that cannot be crafted on the island. Visitors can also participate in fun events like Fishing Tourneys and Bug-Offs, which will pop up throughout the year. Through free updates to Animal Crossing:** New Horizons, new special events and seasonal guests will be introduced.
* **amiibo Support:** Animal Crossing:** New Horizons supports amiibo figures and amiibo cards from the Animal Crossing series. You can also invite these familiar faces to Photopia, an island that exists in the game, where you can place models in creative photo shoots.
* **Twitter Takeover:** Keep an eye out for social media savvy Tom Nook, who is rumored to take over the @AnimalCrossing Twitter account right after today’s video presentation.
Animal Crossing:** New Horizons launches in stores, in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch and on Nintendo.com on March 20 at a suggested retail price of $59.99. In addition to the game, players can accessorize with Animal Crossing:** New Horizons Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite Carrying Cases, available in stores at a suggested retail price of $24.99 each.

A special-edition Animal Crossing themed Nintendo Switch system will also be available in stores on March 13 at a suggested retail price of $299.99. The system takes design inspiration from Animal Crossing: New Horizons (sold separately), with lovely pastel green and blue Joy-Con controllers that are white on the back, with matching pastel green and pastel blue wrist straps and a white Nintendo Switch dock, adorned with images of characters Tom Nook and Nooklings Timmy and Tommy.

For more information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, visit https://www.animal-crossing.com/new-horizons/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

*Up to eight Nintendo Account holders can live on the same island within each game. With one Nintendo Switch system and one game, up to four of those Nintendo Account holders can play on the same island at the same time (additional accessories required). With additional systems and games, up to eight players can play on the same island at the same time via local wireless or online play. Nintendo Switch Online membership and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online. Games, systems, additional accessories and Nintendo Switch Online membership sold separately.

**Additional games, systems, accessories and/or Nintendo Switch Online membership required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately.

#FAQ

**What is a Nintendo Direct?**

*A Nintendo Direct is a pre-recorded video presentation to make game announcements and provide fans with general updates directly from Nintendo.*

**What is the difference between an Animal Crossing Direct and a standard Nintendo Direct?**

*This presentation will ONLY include information about Animal Crossing, unlike a traditional Nintendo Direct that would focus on a variety of games and topics. This one is approximately ~25m in length.*

**What if I can’t watch the Nintendo Direct live due to work/school/etc.?**

*If you would prefer a spoiler-free experience, we will be editing the top section of this post to include a direct link to Nintendo’s official video replay (once it’s available). We will also edit a recap of the announcements into the post body. Just don’t scroll down! This helps prevent you from accidentally seeing any trailers or video thumbnails if you visit Nintendo’s YouTube channel listing or the Nintendo Direct website.*

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41 thoughts on “2.20.2020 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct MegaThread

  1. >. Choosing to live in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere, for example, will affect the timing of the seasons, so select the location that suits you best

    As an Australian, i am delighted

  2. Tom Nook needs to be put in jail. Since the first game he has made his fortune scamming spirited away/lost children into debt and mortgages!

  3. It seemed to me like the other islands we can visit using Nook Miles are procedurally generated? Did anyone else infer that as well?

  4. Did anyone else secretly hope right at the end they would pull put the whole available right after this direct. Ugh March 20th cannot get here fast enough!

  5. Smart phone integration looked cool until they showcased using it as a touch keyboard (something the switch can already do) and voice chat (something the switch can already do when enabled). I’m excited for this game and buying it but their is no defending the stupidity involved when it comes to this idea.

  6. So if im understanding this right, me and up to 7 other people can live and build on the same island together? So if im online and they are offline, I can see stuff they did or built etc on the island, and vice versa for me? We wouldnt have to constantly invite each other?

  7. I’m not impressed with the old events being advertised as free updates. They were in new leaf! I was hoping for new events being included, not more of the same.

  8. I was really hoping to hear that they would give us split-screen instead of that screen share crap

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    Edit: Downvote me if you prefer bad multiplayer

  9. Is anyone else concerned with how the mentioned certain events are going to be DLC and not in the game at launch?

    It kinda screws with anyone who time travels which I was kinda planning to do to some extent.

  10. I’m very very intrigued over this game given how many rabid fans the series has, but I don’t “get” it yet. But I want to “get” what kind of game it is.

    Like, whenever I see someone ask “what game is this, what do you do here?”, all the answer I see is “anything you want!” or “you make your own fun!”. But I don’t see yet exactly how I can have fun in that.

    I’m not saying I don’t believe Animal Crossing is fun, but I *really* want to get sold on the game before I buy it. 60 USD is a huge investment over a game I don’t even know I’ll like. I watched the direct and I still don’t get why it has such a huge following.

    I’m hoping to find some who can enlighten me, I want to be converted. Lol

    Addendum: Also I’m a single-player gamer, and likely won’t be able to access any online/multi-player features. Also no friends who game. Would the game still be worth playing?

  11. I loved AC on the gamecube….but every entry since has left me feeling blah with the same ol’ samey feeling. After this direct though? Wow…I might be on board for the first time in a very long time. Great way to show off all the customization!

  12. How does the co op play work? Can me and my girlfriend create an island and both of us can join it at any time? Or does someone always have to be a host?

  13. This marks the second time in a year where Nintendo fans have lost their minds over the inclusion of slopes in a game.

  14. a friend told me about bees in previous AH games that hide in trees, does this new one have that feature as well and does it appear in the video?

  15. I loved my time with New Leaf, but life is complicated now and I can’t guarantee I can put time each day into AC the way I did back with New Leaf.

    Like, if I didn’t have at least an hour or two each day to devote to the game, I’d feel like I was falling behind O.O

    Is New Horizons gonna be the same kind of thing?

  16. So I’ve been really into stardew valley recently and have never played an animal crossing game before. Would this be a good starting point?

  17. HOLY SHIT the support is so excisting 😀 and is good that resetti run the secure service and i wish they change the singular pre-switch **💔**

  18. Umm anyone else worried about the “special offer” they plan on rolling out. Calling it now. Paid subscription for new horizon that gives you free items monthly.

  19. Can someone explain to me how the multiplayer works? Will my friend and I be able to play on separate consoles like in Stardew Valley? I watched the video yet still puzzled.

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