Animal Crossing New Horizons

Article Updated - Sat 1st Feb, 2020 12:00 GMT: Nintendo's been drip-feeding us information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons for some time now, and the latest information about this upcoming release comes from its Aussie web page, on the official Nintendo Australia website.

While we already know the game will support up to eight players and four residents simultaneously, a rather sizable chunk of writing at the bottom of this page touches on the finer details about the user limits online and per console. Within the paragraph is a special note (as highlighted below). As you can see, you'll be limited to one island per console, irrespective of the number of user accounts or copies of the game you have.

*Up to 8 players with registered accounts on a Nintendo Switch console can live on one shared island, and up to four residents of one island can play simultaneously on one console. Please note: only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console, irrespective of the number of user accounts registered to or copies of the game used on one console. One Nintendo Switch and one copy of the game is required for each unique island. Alternatively, up to eight people can play together on one island via local wireless or online play. Local wireless play requires one console and one copy of the software per player. Internet connection required during online play. To use online services, you must create a Nintendo Account and accept the related agreement. The Nintendo Account Privacy Policy applies. Some online services may not be available in all countries. Online play requires paid online membership.

Of course, as disappointing as this might be to hear, this isn't exactly new. Past entries have also had limitations like this. For example, the GameCube release restricted four local players to a single town. In the Switch release, you won't even be able to bypass this restriction with an SD card swap, either, as save data is stored internally (thanks, Games Radar).

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