If you had your doubts about Tom Nook in the past, the first-look at Animal Crossing: New Horizons earlier this week probably didn't change your opinion about him.
This time around, he's offering players a deserted island lifestyle package and is selling it as if it's the opportunity of a lifetime while demanding 49,800 Bells to set up a tent. Quite frankly, we're just not convinced. Luckily for Nook, New Horizon's director Aya Kyogoku and producer Hisashi Nogami were willing to defend his actions during an interview with IGN at E3 2019.
This time around, the sly raccoon will apparently reinvest all of your Bells into the local island community. According to Kyogoku, he'll be working "tirelessly" to ensure residents on the island are enjoying life.
"He has this place called Resident Services. He tirelessly works 24 hours making sure that all the residents on the island are happy and are living a good life...Whenever Tom receives those debts paid back from the residents and the players, I think that because these resident services upgrade as time goes on, I think he’s investing that money toward the Resident Service for the residents.”
Thankfully, islanders will upgrade their own houses over time – so you can focus on yourself. Your own task, to begin with, will be upgrading from a tent to a proper home as soon as possible.
Are you glad to hear Tom Nook will be reinvesting back into the local community? Do you think the raccoon has the player's best interests at heart? Share your thoughts below.
They can sugarcoat him all they want; Nook is still our favorite rotund furry capitalist.
@Sabrewing Capitolism, ho!
We all know that most of those bells are going up his very pointy nose.
@Sabrewing : Nook, the benevolent tyrant.
Racoons are all thieves.
I mean.... Nothing is free in this world, niether in video games.
If he offers to fly you to a new location, new life and everything..... And does it for free? I mean he'll be broke by tomorrow.
If he owns something and offers services, why not charge?
Can we stop talking about politic from Tom Nook ?
It's not funny to describe Tom Nook like that.
@Anti-Matter It’s absolutely funny.
Lying trash panda.
Let them eat cake.
@HobbitGamer he's right, it's not funny. It's HILARIOUS!
Good for him for doing something for the happiness of the townsfolk!
@Anti-Matter It's pretty funny.
Game will cost 48,900 yen.
He does it for the tax breaks I'm sure.
The only I dislike that this game is a bit too much zoomed in. Please have an option to zoom out. I don't need giants on my screen. Give me some space so I can enjoy a bit of the background as well. But then again everything is like a piano round thing that make circles when you play this game has the same thing when walking on the world it moves. I still prefer old school Animal Crossing Gamecube. That was way better. Still haven't seen a better version. Give option to zoom out or zoom in or something in between. Well bye
I think many tend to forget that many of Thomas Nookenstein's family members were killed and that's one of the reasons why he chose to change his name to Tom Nook.
You have to spend bells to make bells.
I wonder if there will be a city in this game? With shops and stuff.
I miss when these games had a bit of edge, anyone remember how in the original how villagers would force you into a conversation where they’d make you trade an item in your inventory? That game had a bit of Charlie Brown melancholy where not everything in life was fair and I think that was reflected in Tom Nook nowadays Nook has been tuned down and we have Isabelle a really empty cutey character rammed down our throats as the mascot, you just know they’ll give her reveal in this game it’s own trailer.
Sorry but 50ish grand for a block of property on a peaceful and beautiful island sounds like a dream to me.
That explanation made no sense to me, but I got to do it to understand...
The bank of mum and dad is the only other place you'll find interest free loans of that size.
@Anti-Matter Yeah alot of people these days love dumb jokes that don't make any sense game theory has a ton of rubbish like that, and people are stupid enough to think it's real kinda sad really. :/
@nintendolie But he's a tanuki.
Islanders actually upgrade their houses now?! That is something I personally really wanted from New Leaf, it is going to be so cool seeing how their houses evolve over time!
It is time that we as a villager shall stand up and intodruce some socialism or even COMMUNISM rofl
@MisterDevil Yeah! Rebel against the bourgeoisie virtual lifestyle! torch & pitchfork
sigh if only my real banker would let me pay my mortgage whenever I feel like it and for however much I feel like and with no interest and no term. TK is the nicest capitalist ever.
Wait, so the animal villagers will upgrade their houses too?
I never understood the Tom Nook hate over the years. First, who in their right mind would just GIVE someone a house? He has to make a living, too. He owns multiple business ventures, wisely reinvests, he gives you no payment due dates, and doesn't even charge interest. Best landlord ever!
@Sabrewing exactly time to bring the NOOK INC down and establish OUR INC!
@Likethepear Personally I have always wanted a version of Animal Crossing that had payment due dates and if you didn't pay on time, it charges interest. Then if you paid on time for a certain amount of time, it would give you a rare item or something. Would open up a new dynamic.
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