While Nintendo has been rather slow at revealing new titles for the Nintendo Switch, they have been more than generous in showing off the capabilities of island life in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This morning, Nintendo posted an official YouTube video showcasing all the upcoming additions islanders will have access to later this month on July 30. Whilst teasing another update to come later in October for a spookier Halloween update, this Summer—Wave 2 update promises more online connectivity and other many requested additions.
Starting with a bang, players can attend fireworks shows hosted personally on their island every Sunday in August. With many interesting and unique eye-catching cosmetics to use, the actual effects of the fireworks can be customized as well. Using the well-detailed custom design feature, players will take full control over the image. The immense creativity this community has already shown for customizing everything possible; the possibilities are endless with pixel-perfect firework customization. Whether it’s blowing bubbles or wearing light-up ears, the end of summer evenings. With a raffle to earn exclusive items too, these shows will take place at 7 PM local island time.
When you’re tired out from the nightly light show display, take a nap and escape to dreams with Luna! Returning from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, this feature allows players to upload a version of their island for other intrepid players to visit. Similar to how the feature worked in the predecessor, islanders will be able to travel and meet host players. Utilizing Nintendo Online, the service will more than likely cost extra bells as a barrier to entry in classic Dream Suite fashion. Either way, the world and realms of New Horizons are only getting better.
The biggest announcement in the entire show was the Island Backup Restoration Service that promises to launch alongside the update later this month. As promised by Nintendo before the game’s launch, this extra feature will act as a way to save and preserve your islands on some kind of service. Originally backpedaling on the save data backups idea, Nintendo finally delivers the promise of some service. With more details to follow on how it will change the way, players will maintain specific islands over the next few months.
Developers at Nintendo EPD are hard at work making the life simulator worlds of Animal Crossing bursting with life and they are delivering. As more free updates are coming soon to the title; there’s always something happening on the horizon.