It was the moment that many fans have been looking forward to. The long awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update has been announced by Nintendo in a Direct today, featuring a whole host of new and returning features to the title as well as a new DLC that will be launching the same day, that of course being November 5th. Details of the update, however, had been leaked earlier last week via data mining. Regardless, the news has many fans excited for what is to come.
The twenty minute Direct was split into two halves; the first half focused on what would be coming in the next update, which shall be the final free major update to the title. This will see the return of The Roost coffee shop, which will feature in the game as an upgrade to the museum.
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The 2.0 update will also see the return of Gyroids; a strange collection of colourful clay figures that make noises and wiggle about and had featured in every Animal Crossing game since the GameCube instalment. Additionally, players will see an expansion to Harv’s Island which will give traveling special characters a more permanent place to do business, and will see the return of Kapp’n, who will offer the player a new host of mystery islands to explore.
Frankly dear reader, there is so much stuff coming as part of the 2.0 update that by the time I’d have listed it all, the update will have released. But suffice it to say it’s the single biggest update in the life span of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Featuring new items, new K.K. Slider songs, ceiling furniture, home exterior upgrades and so much more.
However, as previously stated, this will be the final free major update to be released for the title. Presumably meaning that all free update from here on out will be far smaller and likely will feature far less content.
ANIMAL CROSSING: HAPPY HOME PARADISE
Also as part of the Direct came news of the first paid DLC for the game titled Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise. This DLC will launch on the same day as the 2.0 update and will retail for $24.99. However, it will be included as part of the Expansion Pack for Nintendo Switch Online.
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise is functionally a spiritual successor to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and will task players with helping returning animal Lottie and her team with building a holiday resort on an archipelago far away from the player’s island.
Thereafter, the players will need to design the interiors and exteriors of their clients’ holiday homes to ensure the little blighters have a great new home. Players will be able to change the lighting, room shape, room ambiance, even add new dividing walls to the interiors of the homes, as well has fit the home with the best possible furniture to the client’s requirements.
Once players have completed enough homes they will then be able to remodel the homes of their residents on their home islands as well as take home furniture they can’t find anywhere else.