Nintendo are holding a special Nintendo Direct stream on Thursday 20th February at 2PM UK time, one month to the day before the launch of Animal Cross: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch.
Tune in on February 20th at 2pm UK time for a roughly 25-minute livestreamed #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons Direct, featuring an in-depth look at Nook Inc.’s Deserted Island Getaway Package! #ACNH pic.twitter.com/U2IeYoRraq
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) February 18, 2020
It promises to be a stream full of in-depth details about the upcoming social sim, with 25 minutes looking at Nook Inc’s Deserted Island Getaway Package and what you can expect from the game. Meanwhile, the long wait for a full Nintendo Direct continues, the last promotional stream to feature multiple games having come on 4th September 2019, when Nintendo showcased Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokémon Sword and Shield. Will Nintendo wait until after Animal Crossing to reveal more of their plans for the rest of 2020? It seems so.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will whisk players off to a remote new location, tasking you with creating a new island paradise. At the behest of Tom Nook, you’ll be building everything from scratch, but doing so with more freedom than ever before, able to place furniture outside your home for the first time, and pitching your tent wherever you like.
A lot of the game will tie into the new NookPhone, with a DIY Recipes app to guide your crafting, as well as Nook Miles tracking your every step and rewarding you for performing menial tasks to more involved things.
The phone will also let you “Call an Islander” to invite another island resident into your game with a second player picking up a Joy-Con. There’s co-op on a single system for the first time, for up to four players, while eight people can share an island and play together with multiple systems, whether through local wireless or online multiplayer.
However, one thing the game won’t support at launch is cloud saves through Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo are working on a separate solution, but Animal Crossing will join games like Splatoon 2 that you won’t be able to back up. That will potentially lead to forever losing your save if a Switch is lost or broken. You also won’t be able to perform a direct system transfer, as each Switch save will have on dedicated island that is shared by all users of that console.
Honestly, it sounds bloody stupid if you ask me and without meaningful justification when there are no competitive elements to the game.
Anyway, tune in Thursday for the Animal Crossing Direct, or just nip back to TheSixthAxis where we’ll round up the news.