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Is There a New Animal Crossing Game in the Horizon?

by David Manyun
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Animal Crossing New Horizons

Since its debut console release in 2002 on the Game Cube, the Nintendo-exclusive Animal Crossing has been a cherished part of our gaming memories for decades. Its enduring popularity, like a comforting blanket, has wrapped around us, and its cult following has only grown stronger with time.

The latest installment of the esports title arrived in 2020; Nintendo launched Animal Crossing: New Horizons only for the Nintendo Switch. The game’s release coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, and its popularity skyrocketed as people were confined to their houses and sought other sources of entertainment. This unexpected boost in sales not only demonstrated the enduring appeal of the Animal Crossing series but also the potential for a new game to capture the same level of excitement and engagement.

Typically, in each game, the player relocates to a town or city as a new citizen. However, in “ACNH,” this is taken a step further as the player starts by going to a distant island as its initial occupant, thanks to Tom Nook’s vacation package. You are accompanied by two more inhabitants, each possessing their own idiosyncratic personality. To transform the island into a top-tier destination, developing the necessary infrastructure, enhancing the natural environment with vegetation, and increasing the population is imperative.

As “ACNH” approaches its fourth anniversary, the air is thick with anticipation. Fans, their hearts aflutter, are eagerly awaiting the potential announcement of a new game in the beloved Animal Crossing series. Could their wishes be about to come true?

Rumors suggest that the new game might introduce new characters, unique gameplay features, and a larger, more interactive world. The possibilities are endless, and fans can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Nintendo Switch 2 Speculation and Animal Crossing Lego

Amidst the buzz, Nintendo’s CEO, Shuntaro Furukawa, has dropped a tantalizing hint. He promises an announcement regarding the successor of the Nintendo Switch (likely Switch 2) by March 2025. Could this mean a new Animal Crossing game on a fifth-generation console? The speculation is not just a whisper, it’s a roar, and the community is united in its excitement.

Between Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival – both released in 2015 on the Nintendo 3DS and WiiU, respectively – and ACNW (2020), this five year-gap has been the longest time frame fans have had to wait for a new installment. However, it’s important to note that this gap doesn’t necessarily indicate a decline in the franchise’s popularity or Nintendo’s commitment to it. In fact, it could be a sign that the developers are taking their time to create a truly exceptional new game. So, as the lifespan of ACNH reaches year four, there’s no need to panic because we know Nintendo is cooking something up.

While no official announcement has been made, many signs are pointing towards a franchise that is far from over, including the continuation of Animal Crossing-related products. We encourage you to stay tuned for updates and to keep the excitement alive. Who knows, the next announcement could be the one we’ve all been waiting for —the confirmation of a new Animal Crossing game.

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A new collection of Animal Crossing Lego sets is due to be released on August 1.

Fans can expect the most beloved characters to return in these sets, and much like Lego Animal Crossing sets of the past, fast sellouts are expected. More importantly, it shows that the franchise isn’t slowing down and that, despite a lack of official news about the franchise’s future, a new game is almost certainly on the horizon.

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David Manyun
Hailing from the West Midlands, David is a freelance sports journalist with a focus on both written and visual sports content. Building a reputation for precise pre-fight predictions, he gains recognition for his thorough fight analysis and extensive knowledge of contenders and fight history in his rapidly evolving field.

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