Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ launch has been greeted by a day one patch, enabling some key functionality to the game and giving us a glimpse of what’s to come.
Version 1.1 adds a bunch of online functionality, letting you visit other players over the internet via the Dodo Airlines seaplane, as well as enabling NookLink in the Nintendo Switch Online app. This will let you port designs from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer to the new game.
The below patch notes don’t actually tell the whole story. Version 1.1 of the game has added a Custom Designs Portal to the Able Sisters store – you need to build their store first, which will take a while – letting you share your custom designs with item and creator ID codes.
However, everyone updating the game today will also receive a gift in their home’s mailbox from Nintendo – again, you’ll need to get to the point of having a house for this to happen. It’s a Nintendo Switch! Which you can set down in your home, or actually, take with you and place somewhere else on your island!
Lastly, Update 1.1 has added support for seasonal events, the first of which is Bunny Day, the Easter celebration that will come in April.
Here’s the patch notes:
Ver. 1.1 (Released March 20, 2020)
Online connectivity features
- It’s now possible to visit other islands through online play via the internet.
- Added features related to NookLink, a Nintendo Switch Online smart device app game-specific service.
- Added functionality for Best Friends.
- Message cards can now be sent to friends or received from friends.
- Added a seasonal event.
- Other adjustments were made to improve the game play experience.
For more on the game, we’ve got plenty of news, features, videos and guides n our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Hub.