Animal Crossing: New Horizons update 2.0 is out a day early! Here’s everything it does

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The major 2.0.0 update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out now on Nintendo Switch, Nintendo pushing the patch live a day earlier than expected. While the Happy Home Paradise DLC has not seemingly gone live yet, all of the other content from this massive update to Animal Crossing is now ready to play.

Version 2.0 will be the final free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but it’s an absolute doozy, adding The Roost and Brewster, Kapp’n and his mystery tour, giving us a huge makeover to Harv’s Island so that it can become a one-stop shopping destination, adding cooking recipes a ‘Pro’ camera upgrade and more.

We’re waiting for the official patch notes and will update this post with them as soon as we can, but here’s everything we know version 2.0 does.

The Roost & Brewster

  • Brewster’s café, The Roost, will open in the museum – Get a cup of coffee with Brewster, alone or in multiplayer. You might encounter island residents taking a break.
  • Summon characters to the café with amiibo characters and cards. This can even free Sabel from slaving away at the sewing machine!

Kapp’n Mystery Islands

  • Kapp’n will take you from the pier to mysterious islands. Yes, he’ll serenade you on the way, and the islands you reach can have weird new plant life like vines, islands with different seasons or times of day.

Harv’s Island Makeover

  • Harv’s Island is getting a makeover with the appearance of his friend Harriet. You can contribute Bells to Gyroids to create new permanent shops for island visitors Sahara, Kicks, Redd, Leif, Reese and Cyrus.
  • Reese and Cyrus’ shop on Harv’s Island will have more customisation options for island furniture.
  • Katrina’s fortune shop will reveal your fortune for that day.
  • Tortimer will let you access your storage.
  • Harriet will give you new hairstyles.

New Plaza and Resident Services features

  • Take part in group stretching at the plaza with button and motion controls. This can work in multiplayer too.
  • The Resident Representative can set new ordinances: Beautiful Island (to reduce weed growth), Early Bird (to get everyone up early), Night Owl (to keep residents up late) and Bell Boom.
  • There are new home exterior options.
  • Storage expansion now goes up to 5,000 items (up from 2,400 currently).
  • There are new redeemable items in exchange for Nook Miles.

Cooking DIY recipes

  • Cooking is now a part of DIY recipes to mix various farming ingredients into a meal.

The Pro Decorating License

  • The Pro Decorating License lets you add lighting and ceiling decor.
  • Accent Walls let you give a single wall a different pattern.
  • The maximum number of Bridges and Incline increases from 8 to 10.
  • There are nine new fence types: Park, Block, Corrugated Iron, Lattice, Log wall, Green Bamboo, Bamboo Slats, Log and Frozen fencing.
  • Some fence types can be customised.

The Pro Camera App

  • The Pro Camera App lets you walk around in first person before switching to tripod camera mode if you want to be in the picture.

More new additions and quality of life tweaks

  • Custom Design Patterns for items can now be worn as clothes, used as flooring and wallpaper.
  • There’s eleven new hairstyles (four new ones and seven by Harriet).
  • There’s eleven new reactions like waving goodbye, stretching and bopping along to music.
  • Island Life 101 is a new Nook Phone app for newcomers
  • An outdoor storage shed connects to your home storage and can be placed anywhere on the island.
  • A new ABD lets you access your bank account outside the town centre
  • KK Slider will get 12 more songs, including KK Break and KK Polka.
  • There’s a new music box furniture item.
  • Gyroids are back! Plant gyroid fragments and water them to have them grow. You will find more the day after it rains.
  • Gyroids can be customised with colours.
  • Nook’s Cranny will get new items
  • You can craft a new wooden ladder set-up kit that lets you place permanent ladders on cliffs. The DIY recipe can be bought from Nook’s Cranny.
  • You can now sidle through narrow spaces in rooms.
  • Residents might invite you to their home or make a surprise visit to yours.

Beyond the update, fans are also looking forward to Happy Home Paradise, a paid DLC expansion (available standalone or via the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack) that adapts the concept from the 3DS game Happy Home Designer for the Switch game. You’ll work with Lottie and her team to create holiday homes for all manner of different residents.

Happy Home Paradise will be available for $24.99 as a standalone purchase, or as part of the expanded Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership, which costs $49.99 a year and grand access to a growing selection of N64 and Mega Drive games (as well as all the standard Switch Online features).

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