During Nintendo’s Treehouse live stream at E3, we got an in-depth look at some of the features coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
New Horizons treads new ground, as the typical setting of a town or village is thrown out the window in favor of a deserted island. Nintendo says this was to give players a new experience, and they wanted to let the players have the freedom to build things from scratch.
Players will start off with the bare essentials from the one and only Tom Nook. The player’s new life on the deserted island starts with just a tent, a bed, a lantern, and a radio.
Explore New Horizons on a deserted island with the Nook Phone
New Horizons also featured the new Nook Phone, which you’ll use for many things. First, it can store recipes that will help players create new items. This, of course, includes tools, furniture, decorations, and lots of other things. The Nook Phone in New Horizons also accumulates Nook Miles when certain objectives are complete. The members of the Treehouse compare it to airline mileage programs in real life.
As a third feature, the phone also lets you call other players in New Horizons. You can invite up to eight players to your island. This feature also supports local co-op, allowing up to four players to use a Joy-Con to join in the fun. During local co-op in New Horizons, the host player will have a flag over their head, and the camera will follow them primarily. If other players go off screen, the game will automatically teleport them back to the host.
Of course, you can’t have a phone in a video game without a photo mode. The player will have multiple expressions to use, so I’m sure this will be endless fun for a lot of people.
In true Animal Crossing fashion, New Horizons will, of course, feature a real-time clock. The time of day and seasons will change according to the real-world time. A new addition to this aspect is a Southern Hemisphere option, allowing gamers south of the equator to finally match the game’s seasons to their own.
Wow, that’s a lot of new stuff! But don’t just take it from me. Check out the Treehouse segment of Animal Crossing: New Horizons above! New Horizons is set to release on March 20, 2020.