Since its release in yearly of last year, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has become one of Nintendos best-selling Switch games (only being beaten out by Mario Kart). At the time, it amazed players new and old with the new features, options, and changes.
Things were still missing, however. Past features were absent. And to help make amends for that, Nintendo has been updating the game post-launch with things like ocean diving, art collection, and so on.
But the biggest change yet might be only a month away. In a recent Nintendo Direct, the Japanese game company teased a new update relating to Brewster and the Roost, a popular café from past games. They then said to expect a dedicated announcement presentation in mid-October. Now that were entering the spooky month, more details have arrived pertaining to the presentation.
The #AnimalCrossing: New Horizons Direct will air on Oct. 15 at 7am PT! Tune in for roughly 20 minutes of information about the content coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in November. #ACNH
In a little over a week's time, well have an entire 20-minute breakdown of the update to come. While they dont reveal any additional info about what to expect, we at least have a set time and date for the presentation.
Whats really fascinating about this isnt the content, but the way its being built up. The last few updates have been fairly underwhelming compared to the start. With only small, couple-minute videos posted without much flair, theyve consisted of small content updates, adding more seasonal furniture items. One could argue that the last Major update to the game was in July 2020, where swimming/ocean diving was implemented.
This time, Nintendo is building hype for an update a solid two months in advance. Not only that, but theyre doing it in stages: announcing it during a Direct, then dedicating a 20-minute presentation to it. Theyve not been this committed to an update since those early-stage updates.
When you consider how mild the development team has been over the last year, its very possible that not only will this next update be a big one, but that its what the dev team has been busy working on lately.
So what can we expect? Being Nintendo, its hard to predict what they have in mind. The obvious answer is the part theyve already shown: Brewster and the Roost. For those unfamiliar, Brewster is a quiet owl barista that runs his own café called The Roost. In most games, the café is located as a part of the Museum. In previous games, the player could order coffee, converse with villagers, and even work as a part-time barista themselves.
Fans have speculations as to what might be coming alongside the Roost. The most popular theory so far has been Gyroids. Small clay figurines, they would play quirky sounds and jingles when activated. Theyve been a recurring component to all past Animal Crossing games, but have been mysteriously absent from New Horizons. Other fans are hoping for an expansion to Celestes star gazing system. The truth, though, is that we wont know for sure until the presentation on October 15. Stay tuned.