Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (from English – “Animal Crossing: New Horizons”) [comm. 2] is a life simulation video game developed by the Nintendo EPD and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite on March 20, 2020. This is the fifth game in the Animal Crossing series.
In this game, a player-controlled character moves to a desert island after purchasing a package of services from Tom Nook. While exploring the island in real time, the player can equip it, get objects, resources, catch living creatures, grow plants, communicate with anthropomorphic animals, and so on. Go to the “# Gameplay” section.
New Horizons has been around since 2012. The developers wanted to introduce a number of innovative elements that were previously absent in the main games of the Animal Crossing series, among them, for example, crafting mechanics that allow you to create items from different materials, or terraforming tools that allow you to create hills and rivers by changing the shape of the island. At the same time, the basic gameplay, characters and art style remained broadly similar to the previous games in the series. The game has been designed to provide the player with the greatest freedom to express themselves creatively. Go to the #Development section. The musical score was written by Kazumi TotakaGo to the #Music section.
New Horizons became a commercially successful game and was highly praised by critics. It entered the lists of bestsellers in several countries of the West and the Far EastGo to the “#Sales statistics” section and became the 15th best-selling video game in history (eng.) Rus. Its sales were artificially constrained in ChinaGo to the “#Game release” section. The success of the game is often explained by the fact that its release fell on the COVID-19 pandemic, when many players were forced to stay at home due to quarantine measures. The main gaming audience of New Horizons consists of women and men equally. Their ages most often vary from 20 to 30 years, despite the widespread belief that this game is intended for childrenGo to the section “#Demographies of players”.
Critics praised New Horizons for its escapist nature, varied gameplay, high level of customization and pleasant graphics, although they noticed that the game took a lot of time and patience.
Gameplay: Gameplay in the Animal Crossing series
Like other games in the Animal Crossing series, New Horizons is a non-linear life simulation game where a player-controlled character can get resources, items, living creatures in different ways, buy things or create items himself. He also plays a decisive role in the development and individualization of the island. The passage of time in the game is tied to the internal clock of the Nintendo Switch and coincides with the real one, there is a change of day and night. Depending on where the user designates his place of residence, the weather in New Horizons adapts to the real seasons of the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. The player takes on the role of a human resident with customizable appearance and gender / gender. The available collections of hairstyles and clothes are not tied to the female or male sex of the controlled character. New Horizons also lets you choose your avatar’s skin color, a feature first introduced in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.
According to the plot of New Horizons, the game character arrives on a desert island after purchasing a ticket from Tom Nook, a tanuki (raccoon in the English version). When the player completes the tasks of Tom Nook and expands the area of his dwelling, this affects the development of the island itself; over time, new public buildings are opened on it and new residents move to it [.
The game supports multiplayer mode via the Internet or a local network: the island can be visited simultaneously by up to four players in local mode and up to eight in online mode. A player can either invite up to seven guests to his place, or visit the island of another player, having received a “dodo-code” at the local airfield. The game supports Animal Crossing amiibo cards and figures. The player can use them to invite animal inhabitants to his island.