Nintendo has lifted the lid on "a series" of free updates headed to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including the return of the much-loved art gallery in Blathers' museum - as we had already kind of expected.
Plenty of special seasonal events are headed our way, bringing new characters, flora and the aforementioned art to your island. Things are kicking off on 23rd April, with all of these lovely goodies coming to the game:
- Leif’s Garden Shop – Nature-loving Leif will regularly visit players’ islands to sell his flourishing assortment of foliage, including shrubs and flower seeds. These decorative items will help make any island paradise a little greener.
- Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler – After downloading the free update, Jolly Redd will occasionally show up in his boat to sell in-game art, as well as furniture with unique colors. Like in previous Animal Crossing games, players will have to figure out which art pieces are real and which are fake. After purchasing genuine art, players can donate it to the island museum to open an art gallery, which will display all types of donated pieces, from paintings to sculptures.
- Nature Day (April 23-May 4) – During the Nature Day period, special Nook Miles challenges will be available that focus on nature-inspired goals, such as planting trees and watering flowers.
- May Day Tour (May 1-7) – In the first week of May, players can use a one-time May Day Ticket at the island airport to head out on a limited-time tour to an island that looks different than the usual mystery island tours. A special visitor who looks familiar might also be there…
- International Museum Day (May 18-31) – To celebrate International Museum Day, players can take part in a Stamp Rally. After receiving a special stamp card, players can enjoy viewing fish, insects and fossils while collecting stamps at the various museum exhibits to earn an in-game reward.
- Wedding Season (June 1-30) – During a nuptial-themed June, players can visit Harvey’s island to meet the married couple Reese and Cyrus, as well as help arrange and take anniversary photos with them in the wedding-picture studio. Players will get wedding-themed items as a token of their gratitude.
The updates mentioned appear to confirm some of the things rumoured in the recent Animal Crossing datamine. Will all of those datamined things come true? We'll have to wait and see.
Well, we know what we'll be up to for the next few months! Are you excited? Of course you are. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Sweet! I've stopped playing for a while but this will bring me back!
I love how dodgy Redd's trawler looks! Also the new events all seem far more inventive than the much maligned Easter one. Can't wait to explore that gallery, what they have done with the museum this time around is pretty spectacular.
Ohhhh snap Redd is back.
I like how he isn't stepping foot on the island, as if Tom would let him.
Dammit, that's all you had to say.
Miley... I mean Cyrus and Reese are getting "married" ?? LOL 😂
I’m still hoping for a coffee shop, but these are some big updates! They timed this perfectly, since most people who bought it at launch seem to be getting to the stage where they’ve unlocked all the main features and are just maintaining their island at this point.
All of this looks excellent, and I'm pleased to see so many returning characters.
You even get to bump into Rover again? That's great.
Was that Rover on the May Day Island!?
I suspect the coffee shop and Museum shop, along with swimming and other "datamined" stuff, will come along in a future update. It's a great way to keep the game fresh and players coming back to tweak (or completely reinvent) their islands.
Eek!!! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any cuter 😍 can’t say any of them don’t hit the spot, can’t wait.
I was really hoping they would change art if it had to come back. In New Leaf, Redd would only appear randomly, and sometimes you could go a full week, or weeks, without seeing him, making the Art Gallery the most obnoxious part of New Leaf, with diving for deep sea creatures being a close second. If fake art is still gonna be in the game, then at least give Redd more opportunities to con me.
still waiting for kapp'n since he's just the best
@KayFiOS It took me ages to realise that you could spot the fake art in New Leaf. Won't make that mistake this time.
does this mean that Reese and Cyrus will setup shop in new horizons. maybe something better like an upgrade to nook's cranny of where it may become a department store after a few upgrades.
OMG wow. This is a great free update to see!
Judging from the trailer, it seems we have finally discovered the purpose of the secret beach.
Was all this planned? Because Nintendo is on fire with Switch updates today! We got Mario Maker 2, Tetris 99 and now this, all revealed within hours of each other. Great work!
Already 80 hours in, this will be my most played Switch game.
I'm just glad that I already made a path to the beach at the back and don't have to re-structure my island. Looking forward to more content, still playing the crap out of the game daily.
About time. What else could be added? More shops?
I thought Reese and Cyrus were siblings...I hope I'm wrong!
The rest of the content looks amazing though, much better than Fake Easter/Bunny Day.
@adam9431 ...it literally just came out. If you’ve stopped playing for awhile you played it what? A couple days and gave up? Lol
Looking forward to it all.
The Mystery Island thing in general (not this upcoming event) has been frustrating. I don't know how it works or what the odds are of seeing a particular island. But since day one, I have not seen any other variation other than the same three islands. Sometimes the same island twice in a row. And there's nothing I've read to indicate if there's anything you need to do to see another type of island or if your particular game is stuck with the same combination of islands. I did read somewhere there are about 10 or so different ones. Yet, I keep getting the same three every time. Maybe I'm missing something and some are only time of day specific or seasonal. Or there's something I need to do to trigger a specific type of island. But I've spent so many Nook Miles and haven't seen much variety. Becomes frustrating after a while
With this and the Mario Maker update I kinda feel cheated out of a Direct... but this is still all very good news!
never wanted bushes so much!
too many events not all of us can 24/7 and not miss out...
@SwitchForce Then miss out. Like every AC, they should be back next year.
@UmbreonsPapa It's just random I believe but I've had no luck either, which is frustrating as apparently there are some useful islands out there but I haven't seen any:
@Kimyonaakuma They are married, in the 3DS version, Cyrus literally says “I better not catch you makin' goo-goo eyes at my wife, or I'll make ya see things in 4D!” haha
Woah, awesome! \o/
@adam9431 Wait, it is possible to stop playing Animal Crossing?
This update looks great. I’ve been enjoying the game so much. Good to see more returning classic characters.
@Trikeboy "Wait, it is possible to stop playing Animal Crossing?"
I'm not sure. Like New Leaf, New Horizons has become part of my real life daily routine!
Sweet, can’t wait for the update.
@KayFiOS he would come once a week so idk how you managed to miss him for weeks on end...
I have so many emotions right now!
The updated contents seems fine. Hope the data mined rumored gyroids is false, I absolutely hate them...
I need a support group. What addiction have I gotten myself into?
I love this and this slow roll of content that's already in there just makes the time travelers have to come back to get stuff.
I've played every day since launch and haven't time-traveled and this seems like a perfect time to "unlock" new functions.
It's Nintendo's clever way of saying: "go ahead and advance your game you still can't unlock everything"
Here's to hoping they will slowly roll out a bunch of stuff every few weeks/month
@RPGamer Not trying to be rude, but some of this stuff was found in the game's data, so of course the dataminer was right. It's more a question on when the data will be used, if at all.
Also Leif is male, and Reese and Cyrus have been married since New Leaf. You're celebrating their wedding anniversary in New Horizons. I'm actually kind of surprised they don't appear to have a kid yet, like Kapp'n, but who knows, they may or may not.
I’m excited! I’ve been playing every day since launch and surprisingly haven’t gotten burned out yet, and this new update will only continue to feed my addiction.
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!
@NickFalk Same lol. I was just getting over this game, but this will get me to check it out again.
Redd returns, and he's not only just selling paintings, but furniture again!? just like in the first three games!?
happy to see that Rover is returning! as well as Reese and Cyrus!
oh, and Leif too!
Edit: Bring Back the Gold Mario Statue and the Silver Luigi Statue, Nintendo! ✌️
This will boost sales and if the Dream Suite and Tortimer Island with the Tours , kk's disco and Desert Island Escape get added they will explode!
Aww, you mean that the player can't get married in-game? That's a shame.
Then again, if the player were to get married to one of the animal villagers, that might raise some moral and ethical issues. But you could get married in-game to another player and skirt said issues.
No gyroids or the Roost
Still, awesome update!
Wow this is pretty amazing news, thank you. I'll be a bit late on doing these events sadly ;-; but I'll try to make it.
But where is Pascal? The data mine hinted about him and swimming so hope it is in the next one!
Been playing this game a lot. I'm the sort of person who loves to customize in a game and I've really been putting in the effort to beautify my home and island. Knowing there are updates coming is great too. Ever since I've had to stay home from work, AC has been a real distraction from it all. It make for a socializing substitute also. Feels nice to say "I'm having friends over" even during a pandemic. The safest way to hang now.
Good to read. Still seems to be a little bit of overlap but nothing g as heinous as the cherry blossom festival and Bunny Day.
This is my first real AC game so it's all new to me. I've probably played about 200 hours so far #QuarantineAndChill and I am getting a bit burned out so this will help.
And it does explain somewhat why I have NINE AC amiibo and none of them will visit my campsite. Wall of shame.
This "secret beach", all of the 4 different islands we got to choose from have 1? One of the first things I did when I got terraforming was build a valley to it from a waterfall I built at the back of my house. And a path across the entire back/top, which takes 24 seconds to run the length of.
Just watched the vid.
That's why I didn't put anything on that beach @Spoony_Tech 😅
Museum expansion looks awesome. Not sure about this real vs fake art nonsense, if it bothers me too much I may need to forego it. Not a fan of swindlers. 😝
Looks like I will be playing a ton the next 5 weeks, don't care about anniversary photos but I'll stop by.
@g_ruz With special events covered through the end of June I imagine the next update will be coming in July. Being a summer update I'm guessing it'll likely bring the summer fireworks shows and diving as well as special events through the summer and one or two other things, like hopefully the coffee shop, though they may be saving the coffee shop for a fall update. July update might bring the rumored nightclub?
I just hope GracieGrace makes a return.
I loved her store when I finally became rich in each respective game.
Make it possible to switch the resident representative to another player and I’ll consider even turning the game on. My daughter is the representative and we still only have 2 villagers living on the island. That’s how long it’s taking to get any progress going on in the town. I went from being really excited about this game to paying $60 for a game I have no desire to touch.
Was hoping for diving and a coffee shop, but great update! Can’t wait!
I’d love to be able to buy vegetables to plant and get a bit of a veg patch going on....
@Snakesglowcaps lol! Honestly I have a very short attention span. As mucn as i love the game, i think i got as far as getting the Able Sisters to move in ... Tom Nook wanted to update Resident Services... i don't know which is more recent, but that's about as far as I got ... did two days of egg hunting
@Trikeboy lol! Short short short attention span 🤗
They increased the text and speech speed of everyone who talks. So much faster now. Thank the lord.
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