Animal Crossing: New Horizons Expands Horizon with Free Update and Paid DLC on November 5

Today, in an Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, a slew of new additions and options have been introduced that further enrich players’ island lives.

Some of these new elements for Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch family systems will be added on November 5 via a free update.

This free update includes popular characters from the Animal Crossing series such as the amiable Brewster, who opens his own cafe on the second floor of the museum, and Kapp’n, who takes you to other islands in his boat while he sings to you with beautiful sea shanties; new shops in the square on Harvey Island, including a Katrina the fortune teller’s shop. Players can also get started cooking and growing vegetables; and a lot of new customization options.

In addition to this free update, today’s video also showed the first info and footage from Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise. In this paid DLC, players can join Lottie and the resort planning agency team. In their new role, players will travel to a beautiful archipelago where they can design vacation homes, furnish island facilities – such as a school and restaurant – and discover new ways to express their creativity as they design more vacation homes for their clients. Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise will be released on November 5 for a one-time fee of €24.99.

The paid DLC is also available at no extra cost as part of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, the new Nintendo Switch Online membership, which includes all the benefits of the standard Nintendo Switch Online membership, plus additional benefits such as access to Nintendo 64 and SEGA Mega Drive games. Members can download and play the DLC at no extra cost as long as they have an active membership. An individual membership costs €39.99 for 12 months and a family membership costs €69.99 for 12 months.

To watch the entire Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, visit the Nintendo Netherlands YouTube channel.

The free update includes new facilities, characters and services for the player, as well as new gameplay mechanics.
Here are some of the features and activities that will be available from November 5:
• Brewster opens De Til: The museum is getting something new… De Til, a new café where players can relax and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, will be opened by the amiable Brewster after players complete a particular job for museum director Blathers. You can also meet other islanders here. When using the amiibo phone in the cafe, you can invite other characters with compatible amiibo cards. If you want, you can even invite friends*** to your island and take them to De Til to enjoy a nice cup of coffee together.
• Take a boat trip with Kapp’n: Kapp’n hangs out at the pier and is happy to take you to one of the distant islands with his boat. A boat trip with Kapp’n is worthwhile for its beautiful sea shanties alone. You may then set foot on islands with unusual flora you’ve never seen before, or islands with different seasons and times of day. What mysteries await you?
• Dig up gyroids: Until now you could dig up fossils from the ground and now you can also find gyroids. Each gyroid makes unique sounds. You can also customize them to suit the environment you place them in.
• Shop at the open market on Harvey Island: Harvey Island under renovation. With a little help from Harriet, Harvey wants to attract shopkeepers to the island to create a bustling shopping plaza. Donate klingels to do your part! Well-known visitors to your island, such as Redd, Saharah and Kicks, will open a shop here, and Reese and Cyrus’s shop offers furniture adjustments that you can’t do on workbenches. Katrina tells you in her shop what the day has in store for you. Harriet can even teach you some new hairstyles!
• Cooking: Soon you will also be able to cook with DIY plans. After growing your own vegetables on the island, such as tomatoes, wheat, sugar cane, potatoes and carrots, you can use your harvest and other ingredients to serve up a delicious dinner. Enjoy your meal!
• Even more to do on the island: nook, inc. offers players who enjoy island life even more services. For example, you can participate in group gymnastics on the square and you can get more storage space for your things at home. The island’s spokesperson can also issue ordinances, such as one that slows weed growth or one that will wake all residents early in the morning. In short, even more options will be available to players, allowing them to tailor their island to their own lifestyle.
In addition to these elements included in the free update, players can also consider expanding their island life with the paid DLC Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise DLC.

In this expansion, players get to work on the resort planning agency team. They will be given the opportunity to design holiday homes for characters so that all kinds of holidaymakers can enjoy staying in one of your designs. Let’s take a look at what players can expect with this new add-on, available November 5th:

• Work with Lottie as a member of the resort planning agency team: Customers with different wishes for their holiday home come to a new area that consists of all kinds of small islands. The resort planning office team is also located there. Have a chat with your customers, listen carefully to their wishes for their holiday home and make their dreams come true!
• Design the ideal holiday homes: After you have determined where a customer’s holiday home should be located, you can start decorating the interior. First you have to place furniture that the customer wants. As you design more houses, you will also learn more design techniques. Think, for example, of placing partition walls and pillars to divide the space, placing blocks, adding mood lighting and ambient sounds to enhance the ambiance, and more. The theme of a holiday home depends on the wishes of the client, and you can bet that there will be many characters who will want to use your expertise. You can also decorate the outdoor area of ​​the holiday home.
• Redesign and housemates in a holiday home: You gradually get more and more furniture at your disposal and you can make more and more suggestions. For example, suggest rearranging the vacation homes of customers you’ve already helped, or even ask if two customers would like to share a vacation home as roommates.
• Design facilities: On the island where Lottie’s team from the resort planning office is located, there are several empty buildings. Lottie wants to give this island a little more jeu and you can help with that. Design all kinds of facilities, such as a school, a restaurant and a cafe.
• Be inspired by the Network of Wonderful Homes: Take photos of the vacation homes you’ve designed and save them to your catalog, which you can then view via the Network for Wonderful Homes (NWW) in-game app on your NookPhone. Through this app, you can access the showroom to view designs from players around the world who have shared their creations online****. Follow designers you love and use their work as inspiration for your own creations.
• Use amiibo to invite more customers: Normally your job is to search for potential customers who would like to have a vacation home, but… using the current amiibo from the Animal Crossing series, you can invite specific characters to chat about their ideal vacation home. With amiibo you can even design the vacation homes of busy individuals like Isabelle and Timmy and Tommy!
• Use your acquired knowledge on your own island: Techniques you learned while working for the resort planning agency can also be applied to your own island. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to refurbish your own home. And gifting islanders with souvenir chocolates from the resort planning agency can help spark their interest in what the archipelago and vacation homes have to offer. When you have grown into an experienced designer, you may eventually even make suggestions for furnishing the homes of residents on your own island!
And that’s not all: to get even more out of island life, new Animal Crossing amiibo cards (5th series) will be available at select outlets starting November 5, expanding the lineup of amiibo cards even further. Packs of amiibo cards are sold separately and contain 3 cards. You can use these colorful amiibo cards in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The fifth series consists of 48 characters, including characters that have never appeared on an amiibo map, as well as brand new ones.

The NookLink service in the Nintendo Switch Online app will also receive an update on November 5, adding more items that you can get by redeeming Nook Points. In addition, there is the island newspaper, so you can read what is going on on the island every day. Players can also get tips for island living using their smart device with the Island Tips app and view the Amazing Homes Network.

With two massive updates arriving on November 5, including the last major free update to version 2.0 and the paid DLC Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, players can enjoy island life for a long time to come.