9 months. The Animal Crossing fanbase patiently waited nine months for the reveal of the latest installment in the franchise and Nintendo did not disappoint. Although the game was ultimately delayed to 2020, news and features regarding the game have been flowing in ever since the title was revealed during Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct this past Tuesday.
During an interview with French outlet Gamekult, director Aya Kyogoku and producer Higashi Nogami revealed a plethora of new details in relation to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The developers begin by stating that rushing the game out to store shelves was not an intention, which is another reason as to why the game has been delayed. This is a unique series in that fans can enjoy the game for years as opposed to playing it for a few days until it is beaten. We have included a few bits from the interview below (translated) for your viewing pleasure:
Have you read the reactions of fans or do you prefer to avoid these things to stay motivated?
HN : Yes, of course, we were attentive to the reactions …
AK : … and not only online, but also when we walk down the aisles of the show, and the fans approach us to tell us that they are anxiously waiting for the release. It’s these kinds of interactions that keep our motivation intact.
HN : We also had the chance to see the reactions of the fans gathered for the broadcast of Direct simultaneously at Nintendo World, in New York. The excitement over there and the online reactions were far more impressive than we had imagined. We were very touched and very happy to receive such a positive welcome.
In New Horizons, you have introduced the Nook Phone. Do you also plan a dedicated application in real life to synchronize exchanges?
AK : We want to make sure that everyone can play without making this kind of companion app necessary to enjoy the experience. That’s why we prefer to avoid making it a pre-requisite. That being said, we will take advantage of the Nintendo Switch Online application for voice chat, and we are also planning other things for the future through this service.
Do you plan to take advantage of touch to play or customize items?
AK : We wanted to make sure that New Horizons used many features of the Switch, both un-docked and docked. When users play in docked mode we want to make them easier to handle with a traditional control method. To answer your customization question more specifically, there are My Design elements borrowed from New Leaf that will be in New Horizons.
HN : In summary, we designed the gameplay for a classic grip but there will also be elements designed for touch-screen play.
How do you choose the new species of animals that will be included in the game?
AK : When we come up with the concept of a new character, we think first and foremost about the role that they can play in the game. From that moment, the choice of the most appropriate species comes to us naturally.
HN : That’s how Tom Nook’s character was born. The reason we chose a tanuki may not be obvious to see Europe, but in Japan the raccoon is synonymous with good deeds. The same goes for Blathers, the curator of the museum who has been there since the very first installment, simply because owls are symbols of wisdom.
With the introuduction of cloud saves and automatic saves, how will you handle Mr. Resetti’s interventions?
HN : New Horizons will not be compatible with cloud backups to avoid manipulating time, which remains one of the founding concepts of the series.
Can you confirm that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be compatible with the amiibo range?
AK : Given the number of cards and figures available, we obviously think New Horizons will be compatible with amiibo, but I can not tell you more about this compatibility at this stage of development.
And when are the best-of Kéké’s (K.K. Slider) songs going to be on Spotify?
AK : (laughs) The developers do not have a hand on this stuff so I have no idea unfortunately.
HN : But you can find Kéké (K.K. Slider) in concert every Saturday in New Horizons.
AK : It might have been difficult to hear during the Treehouse, but you could get Kéké’s music in the background from the radio. We have included different ways to listen to Kéké’s music in New Horizons and we hope fans will enjoy that too.
From the looks of it, the development team is going all out to make sure Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the definitive installment in the franchise. From the addition of crafting to the ability to place the furniture/items anywhere and everywhere, this game is shaping up to be one of the best games to play in 2020.
If you would like to see more Animal Crossing: New Horizons content, we have a whole gallery of new screenshots courtesy of Nintendo America you can check out.
This post was written by Ali@Nintendo