A mysterious update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was pushed out to users yesterday morning, patching the game to version 1.1.1. What did it do? Well, it dealt with a “serious” game balance issue, and implemented the necessary frameworks for upcoming in-game seasonal events.
While Nintendo don’t explicitly say what the game balance issue was, it was to do with an item duplication glitch that could be achieved through local co-op, helping unscrupulous islanders to boost to vast numbers of Bells through item-spinning shenanigans from one person while the other would try to pick up and duplicate it.
While Nintendo are relatively tolerant of people using time skipping with the console clock to race through the game – it’s frowned upon, but accepted – exploits such as this are clearly going to be addressed as quickly as possible.
Elsewhere, version 1.1.1 enables the system with which seasonal events can be enabled. For New Horizons, Nintendo are going to force players to be connected to the internet in order to enable events such as Bunny Day and Earth Day, and will also be adding the game data for those events through updates. It’s the time skipping thing again, as they hope to ensure that players are all experiencing these events together, unlike what was possible in previous games.
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When Bunny Day runs between 1st April and 12th April, players will need to have version 1.1.1 installed and be connected to the internet while launching the game to update to the cunningly titled 1.1.1a and enable the event. You’ll also require a Nintendo Account for this sub-update to trigger.
Here’s the patch notes for 1.1.1 and 1.1.1a
The software has been updated if you see “Ver. 1.1.1” or “Ver. 1.1.1a” in the upper-right corner of the title screen.
- General updates
- Fixed a serious issue that affected game balance.
- In order to experience an upcoming seasonal event, after downloading Ver. 1.1.1 and once the event starts (real-world time), you will need to launch the software while connected to the internet to update to Ver. 1.1.1a.
- Please note that a user with a linked Nintendo Account must launch the software to update to Ver. 1.1.1a.
Whether you connect to the game event or not, the game is a wonderful way to get away from it all. In our 9/10 review I said:
“Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect island escape, drawing you in to play day after day. All of the charms of the series’ previous games are here, but with gorgeous new graphics, DIY crafting and the eventual ability to remodel your island, you can really create the island settlement of your dreams.”