Animal Crossing New Horizons gets massive free update on November 5th


Woah, the Animal Crossing New Horizons Direct early this morning was absolutely packed with changes to the game. In addition to the free content coming in what Nintendo are calling Version 2.0, we also got a look at the Happy Home Paradise DLC, some of which the improvements from that translate back into the main game. That DLC is along with this free update is out on November 5th.

So what’s in this update, before we go any further Nintendo also says this is the last “major update” to the game.

Here’s everything coming to the game.

Brewster will open the Roost: Something new is coming to a corner of the museum ‚Ķ The Roost, a caf√© to take a relaxing break in and enjoy some hand-selected coffee, will be opened by the quiet proprietor Brewster after players fulfil a certain favour for museum director Blathers. You may run into some island residents here, too. If you use the amiibo phone inside the caf√©, you can invite other characters to join you by using compatible amiibo cards. If you‚Äôd like, you can even invite friends to your island and bring them to the Roost to enjoy relaxing cups of coffee together.

Take a boat tour with Kapp‚Äôn: Kapp‚Äôn hangs out at the pier and will take you to one of the remote islands on his boat. The sea shanties he serenades you with along the way is also part of the fun! You may arrive at islands with mysterious flora that‚Äôs never been seen before, or islands with different seasons and time of day. What kind of mysteries await?

Unearth gyroids: So far, fossils could be dug up from the ground. And now you can also find gyroids. Each gyroid plays unique sounds. You can also customise them to match their surroundings when you place them.

Shop at the open market on Harv‚Äôs Island: Harv‚Äôs Island is undergoing a renewal. With a little help from his friend Harriet, Harvey is inviting some shops to the island for an open market. Contribute Bells to the cause to help make it happen! Familiar visitors on your island like Redd, Saharah and Kicks will have shops here now, and Reese & Cyrus‚Äôs shop will offer furniture customisation that can‚Äôt be done through DIY workbenches. At Katrina‚Äôs shop, she‚Äôll look at your fortune of the day. Harriet can even teach you some different hair styles!

Get cooking: Cooking will be added to DIY Recipes. After growing vegetables on the island like tomatoes, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes and carrots, you can combine your harvest or other ingredients and fill up your dining table with delicious looking dishes. Bon appetit!


Further support to your island life: Nook, Inc. will offer further support for players living the island life. From group stretching at the plaza and bigger home storage, to the Resident Representative being able to establish ordinances like reducing the rate at which weeds grow or make all residents get up early in the morning, there are more options to help players enjoy and adjust their island to fit their lifestyle.

There was also a tonne of quality of life updates announced for the game, here’s the ones that stood out.

  • Ordinances return, and you can make your islanders wake up earlier or stay up later, depending on how you play. 
  • More options to change the external appearance of your house, max storage has also increased 
  • New items redeemable for Nook Miles
  • Pro Decorating Licence lets you add lights and decor to your ceiling 
  • Accent walls allow you to apply a colour to one side of a room
  • Pillars, partition walls and variable height counters let your break up a room 
  • You can now slide around narrow spaces 
  • An updated camera app can let you take photos in first person, and then you can whip out a tripod for selfies 
  • Patterns that were only able to be used on items can now be used on clothing and as wallpaper
  • Eleven new hairstyles and Reactions were added to the game 
  • Nook Phone gets a new app with tips for new players 
  • You can place storage sheds anywhere on the island to help you access your home storage 
  • You can place ABD terminals (ATMs) anywhere to deposit and withdraw bells. 
  • Twelve more tunes were added for K.K Slider. A new music box item has been added as well 
  • You can now be invited to islanders houses, or they may stop by your house 
  • A new item has been added to let you place permanent ladders around your island 

Phew! Oh and one more – Froggy Chair is back!

Last and not least, Series 5 of the Animal Crossing amiibo cards will also launch on November 5th. They’ll be available at retail and on the My Nintendo Store.

You can watch the entire Direct below and then let us know what you think of the last major update to the game.

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