Coming Soon: ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ for Nintendo Switch

In two weeks, the beloved Animal Crossing franchise is set to make its long-awaited debut on the Nintendo Switch with the upcoming Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the release of which is sure to mark a worldwide drop in productivity.

New Horizons starts with your character taking up residence not in a town, but on a small deserted island, where you’ll be able create and customize your own paradise getaway.

Like previous games, you’ll have the chance to catch bugs, go fishing, dig for fossils, do some gardening, and of course, socialize with your anthropomorphic animal friends once you’ve invited them to your island. However, this time around you’ll also be harvesting various natural resources to craft tools, furniture, and more to give your island a personal touch.

It takes a while in the game before you’re able to build bridges across rivers, so New Horizons has introduced a fun pole-vaulting feature that lets you traverse the island more easily.


From the game description:

If the hustle and bustle of modern life’s got you down, Tom Nook has a new business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore: the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package!

Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colorful characters near and far. Had a grand time as one of the city folk. May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service! But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that longs for freedom? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered!

Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be. Collect resources and craft everything from creature comforts to handy tools. Embrace your green thumb as you interact with flowers and trees in new ways. Set up a homestead where the rules of what goes indoors and out no longer apply. Make friends with new arrivals, enjoy the seasons, pole-vault across rivers as you explore, and more!

New Horizons also expands on the series’ character customization options, allowing you to select and change your character’s skin color, eye color, hairstyle, and facial features at any time, with nothing tied to any particular gender.

Paradise awaits you when the game releases on March 20th, 2020. Pre-order it for $60 on Amazon, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the productivity thing!