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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct Recap – Cooking, Brewster, Kapp’n, Happy Home Paradise DLC And So Much More

So much free content and new paid DLC in three weeks time!

Veterans of the Animal Crossing series have known for a while now that a major update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was likely in the works after the Welcome Amiibo update to New Leaf. During the September Nintendo Direct, it was announced that a secondary Direct dedicated to New Horizons would be streaming early this morning. We knew that we were getting details about Brewster’s arrival on the island, but not much else. A lot was crammed into the 20 minutes, so here is our recap:

  • The update is coming on November 5. So soon!
  • New spots and new encounters: Brewster is setting up shop in the museum, the Roost is back. You can invite characters to the cafe with Amiibos and you can also visit with friends.
  • Kapp’n is back! You get to visit mystery islands with different plants, times of day or seasons.
  • Harv’s island is growing. Harriet is there and it’s becoming a campsite for NPCs, including Cyrus, Katrina and Tortimer, with more customisation options available.
  • Group stretching at the plaza from the GameCube game is back! It’s a relaxing mini-game you can do with buttons or motion controls.
  • Ordinances from New Leaf are returning.
  • More exterior options for houses are available. The internal house storage expansion is also getting bigger, holding up to 5000 through three more expansions.
  • New Nook Miles redemptions are coming, including cooking DIYs! So many beautiful food items are coming, including tomatoes, wheat, carrots and more!
  • With a pro decorating license you can access ceiling lighting and apply wallpaper to individual walls.
  • The total number of bridges and inclines is being raised to 10.
  • Nine new fence types are being added, some featuring customisation options.
  • The camera app is getting upgraded including a first-person and tripod mode.
  • Custom designs that were previously on furniture can now be worn or used as carpet and wallpaper.
  • New hairstyles are coming from Harriet.
  • 11 new reactions are being added.
  • The Island Life 101 app gives tips for newcomers.
  • New furniture can be gained by redeeming Nook miles, including a chest that connects to your internal house storage and an ATM.
  • KK Slider will be getting 12 new songs. A new music box item is also being added as furniture.
  • Gyroids are coming back! If you bury a gyroid fragment and water it, it’ll become a full gyroid. Alternatively, you can end up with many after it rains. They can be customised as well.
  • Nook’s Cranny will have new furniture, including some pieces that haven’t been seen before.
  • You’ll be able to permanently place ladders. It’s a new tool that’s purchasable from Nook’s Cranny as a DIY.
  • The froggy chair is returning.
  • Villagers will now come to visit and you can visit them.
  • Version 2.0 is launching on November 5 and will be the final free update.
  • Something else is coming! There’s an archipelago with a resort and we want to work? Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, is coming as paid DLC! You get to plan and design holidays homes! Paradise planning is all about letting the animals achieve their dreams. There are new manatee and monkey NPCs. You can make super realistic houses and you can even add soundscapes for extra theming. You can also polish furniture items for added visual effects.
  • You gain Poki for your hard work that can be exchanged for rare currency.
  • Villagers can have roommates.
  • There is a Happy Home Network app that allows you to record each house and check in on everyone, as well as share your designs online.
  • Partition walls, pillars, counters, lighting, soundscape and polishing will all be coming to the main island as well.
  • After you do a certain number of remodels you can suggest changes to your islander’s houses.
  • Happy Home Paradise will cost AU$37.50 and is releasing on November 5th. Plus, Series 5 of the Amiibo cards with new villagers are releasing on the same day.
  • If you get the recently announced Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pass you’ll get this DLC for free!

Omg, that was amazing! Such a MASSIVE, FREE update and then Happy Home Designer on steroids as paid DLC! Plus, the froggy chair is back! What were your favourite additions? Let us know in the comments or on our social media.

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When Eleanore isn’t trying to figure out how the Earth works she’s trying to pay off her loan in Animal Crossing, complete her Pokedex or finishing one more RPG or platformer. She is a lover of great characters, cute or creative art styles and awesome game soundtracks.


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