Yesterday, Nintendo announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons would be receiving its second summer update a little earlier than planned. Now arriving tomorrow, the update will add firework shows, island hopping via dreaming, and the much-needed save data backup service.
If you saw our announcement post you've probably already seen the new trailer for the update, but we thought we'd also share with you these lovely official screens. Directly from Nintendo itself, these images give us an even closer look at some of the excitement coming our way tomorrow.
Let's kick things off with the fireworks, shall we? You can click on each image to zoom in, if you like.
And here's a closer look at Luna who offers visits to other islands inside dreams and lets you share your island with others, too.
The update arrives completely free of charge, so make sure to jump in and experience all of the new content for yourselves tomorrow. In the meantime, let us know which new feature you're most excited to see in the comments below.
I saw the human villager with his Red balloon appeared as cameo on every ACNH trailer.
I want that balloon. 😀
Btw, i wonder the Fireworks tunes will be a 5/4 tempo song like on ACNL.
The ACNL version sounds a little bit like Take Another Five.
🦀Save Backups Are Coming!🦀
Does Luna make needing nook miles tickets to visit other islands null?
These screens are identical to what was shown in yesterday's video.
Well, at least there's a bit more variety. I kinda stopped playing after a few months. Now if only Isabelle could actually tell me if an NPC (Kicks, Label, etc) is visiting my island...
@muscpt no the dreaming allows you to visit other people’s (who aren’t on your usual friends list I believe) islands. It doesn’t affect the mystery islands mechanic.
Really excited for the fireworks.
Luna will be a nice addition. Though I find social media and forums to be sufficient (at least for me) in getting ideas for my island
Isn't the save data backup one time use only? I remember reading that on here before.
If so, I suppose once is better than none at all...
@ryancraddock Important question - how does the fireworks show begin? Is it at 7PM whether you are on or not or does it only begin when you talk to Redd and tell him you are ready to see it? 7PM on Sundays in August would be a bad time for most people to see it as that's a good time to be having dinner or returning from a beach, park, lake, etc.
Loading times need a huge improvement. Why can't they fix the things that make this game so annoying?
@muscpt My understanind from talking to other people, adn alos just a guess, is that the other islands aren't interactive, we just walk around, so you can't gather resources which is what some people travel to islands for. I wouldn't be surprised if we can't even get into our menus and we dont' bring our tools with us, it's just a walk around experience like a dream. Maybe we can interact with it a little bit, but we can't bring anything back w/ us.
I think a lot of myself like myself who are excited about this now will be bored and never do it again after a few trips.
@rjejr Not sure yet, but I guess we'll find out when the first one comes around!
Are we notified of someone's visit to our island?
@rjejr not to mention that 7PM in August is nowhere near night time (in western Europe anyway)...
@echoplex Sun down by me - I'm in New York - is about 8:13PM so 7PM would be fairly early here as well. The "festival" starting at 7PM makes sense, but the fireworks should be later. Unless they are constantly going off in the background for like 5 hours? Explaining things clearly has never been Nintendos strong point.
@ryancraddock Any joking response I make to that is going to come across wrong so I'm just going to say LOL.
@rjejr I guess it would be early if you're an adult. I know for my family, by 7pm on any given day, we are usually getting the kids ready for bed (the exception being those days we go out for a day trip, which isn't really a lot of options for these days). So maybe it's at 7pm because that's when Nintendo thinks it's advantageous for all to see. It's not too early. But it isn't so late that a kid playing Animal Crossing could possibly experience it without fear of missing out and doesn't necessarily cut into bed time
From my experience by doing Time Travel, when the Event wasn't finished yet on real days, you will not meet with the event by doing Time Travel unless when the event has been over by actual dates, you can travel back anytime to re-experience the events.
So, for Fireworks on August 2020, looks like you have to attend the Festival started from 7 pm by actual time.
the Luna stuff looks dope, will be interested to see how Nintendo manages to screw it all up seeing as how it's related to the internet.
@Anti-Matter Time traveling isn't a thing I do, but thanks anyway.
@UmbreonsPapa I did think about the children, somebody has to, which is why somewhere over the past 2 days I had suggested maybe they do 2 fireworks shows, 1 at 7PM, 1 at 10PM or even 11PM for the adults. Seemed like a nice compromise.
@rjejr I believe in Animal Crossing sunset has always ended at 7 pm, same as sunrise ends at 7 am. The game really doesn't really deal with the fact sunrise/sunset varies depending on the day of the year.
It makes sense especially when you consider kids, and it makes it easy on people that don't want to be up all night to collect shooting star wishes.
@Mykillvee according to something I saw it’s because your switch keeps trying to connect to an IP address. Try putting it on airplane mode. There are some YouTube stuff that explore that issue.
@kepsux Watch the Dream Address be tied to the Island Backup, so you can't set a separate design for visitation. At least if I recall, New Leaf needed you to manually update the state of your town with Luna, so you could set it a particular way, set that with Luna, and then carry on how you want.
@rjejr In New Leaf, the fireworks automatically starts at 7pm in game and ends at midnight, going off in the background nonstop for 5 hours. You (and friends) are able to come earlier that day to talk to Isabelle and share a custom design for the fireworks. Hopefully it's more or less the same in this game.
@HADAA Thank you very much. The more I thought about it the more I could see it working that way. It's not like they are going to run out of fireworks in a game, might as well keep shooting them off all night.
I would miss a big finale if it didn't have one so maybe it will be on a 5 minute loop or so.
I had planned to be out all day Sunday but my wife changed them to Saturday this morning - nothing to do with this it just worked out that way - so at least I can see for myself now.
@Darknyht Keeping one time does make sense, but 7PM still seems early to me on a Sunday for fireworks. Lots of familes out doing stuff. And yes I know it's portable, but tv is better for fireworks no doubt. I would think nny kid old enough to be playing ACNH is probably old enough to stay up until 8PM even if sundown is 7PM. I know that's only 1 hour later so right now your probably thinking, "what's the big deal about 1 hour anyway?" but I do think 8PM more people are likely to home in front of the tv than 7.
In my head fireworks is a 15-20 minute show that begins and ends. If the game is going to shoot off fireworks non-stop for 3, 4, 5, 6 hours then it doesn't really mater when it begins or ends.
I'd still prefer a 15-20 minute show that starts when you tell Redd you are ready, like all the celebrations when you build things. My last celebration was hilarious. I built an incline facing the back, could hardly see anybody, and Tom Nook was all "sorry folks, a bit crowded back here now init".
Just paid off all my debt today, I don't know the purpose of playing anymore. :/
I can't wait to Island hop without giving away my nook tickets!
@fafonio there's no way that it's my WiFi. I've already checked it, and it works fine for the other 210 games I have on the Switch. Load times are terrible even when you enter and exit a building. No other Nintendo game has long loading times except for this one. Boost mode would solve the issue, as it did for a handful of Nintendo's other titles (Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, etc.)
@Mykillvee no... its not your WiFi... its the matter that the Switch tries to connect to an IP address mumbo jumbo when in handheld mode... slowing the process when you start the game.
I've put it on airplane mode when initiating the game and I've boosted the loading times in an 80%. In my main profile I've waited more than 6-7 minutes to start the game. Now its even less than a minute.
@DAHstroy "Just paid off all my debt today, I don't know the purpose of playing anymore. :/"
Not that you were asking for suggestions but here's what I've been doing to kill an hour a day:
Upgrading all my cheap 98,000 bell inclines and bridges to higher priced ones that look nicer. I enjoy the celebrations. Plus I only just found out you can install bridges on 45' angles so I'm trying to do them all that way. And they max out at 8 so I know there's an endpoint.
Catch new fish and bugs the beginning of each month. Piranha and moray eel this month so far. Only lasts a few days though.
Get Flick and CJ to make me new collectibles.
Invite new people to my island from the campsite. Can't believe they made 400 of them, though it feels more like 4 w/ different skins: bug, popstar, exercise, snob. I kicked all the snobs off my island.
But yeah, that's about it. My island is at 3 stars, trying to get it to 5 sounds like way too much work, with no pay-off that I'm aware of. I have trees and flowers everywhere, but it's something I may do in the winter when the weather gets too bad to be outside all the time. And really, what other games will there be to play, Nintneod has left us high and dry and I'm nto buying a PS5 for a couple of years.
Paper Mario is keeping me busy now, about 30 hours and halfway in.
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