Animal Crossing New Content Promised As Discontent Grows Over Recycled Events


Animal Crossing: New Horizons had a huge 2020, but thus far 2021 has left players wanting. While Nintendo delivered a year’s worth of unique events and updates, once New Horizons celebrated its first birthday, they mostly started recycling content – the same events, mostly the same seasonal items. Today Nintendo announced a summer update is on the way that will add weekly fireworks displays, just like last year.

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Perhaps sensing there would be some disappointment over this, they also announced all-new content would also be coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons later this year.

The massive success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons obviously caught Nintendo by surprise, but it’s hard to understand why they didn’t immediately shift resources to creating new content when it was clear the game was a mega hit (most of the first-year content was probably planned pre-launch). There are also a lot of features from past AC games that are bafflingly still missing from New Horizons – where’s the café? Where are the minigames? Where are the dang gyroids? Oh, and I won't even ask about the classic NES games. Here’s hoping we finally get some of this stuff later this year, but frankly, I’m keeping my expectations in check.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now on Nintendo Switch. As mentioned above, the game’s next update drops on July 29.