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The free update will bring new spots, characters, and support from Resident Services, as well as new gameplay mechanics. Here are just a few of the features and activities that can be enjoyed beginning Nov. 5 in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game, available exclusively for the Nintendo Switch family of systems.


The free update features characters from the Animal Crossing series, newly opened shops in the plaza on Harv’s Island, the introduction of cooking and growing vegetables; and other customizations and features. To access these features, you’ll need to download a free update* available now.


Brewster will open a café

Something new is coming to a corner of the museum! Brewster will open the Roost after you fulfil a certain favor for museum director Blathers. The Roost is a newly added location to take a relaxing break in and enjoy some hand-selected coffee. You may run into some island residents here, too. If you use the amiibo phone inside the café, you can invite other characters to join you by using compatible amiibo cards (sold separately). You can even invite friends** to your island and bring them to the Roost to enjoy relaxing cups of joe together.


Kapp’n will offer boat tours

Kapp’n hangs out at the pier and will take you to one of the remote islands on his boat. The sea shanty he serenades you with along the way is also part of the fun! You may arrive at islands with mysterious flora that’s never been seen before, or islands with different seasons and times of day. What kind of mysteries await?


You can dig up gyroids

So far, fossils could be dug up from the ground, and now you can also find gyroids. Each gyroid plays unique sounds. You can also customize them to match their surroundings when you place them!


A market will open on Harv’s Island

Harv’s Island is undergoing a renewal. With a little help from his friend Harriet, Harvey is inviting some shops to the island for an open market. Contribute Bells to the cause to help make it happen! Familiar visitors on your island like Redd, Saharah, and Kicks will have shops here now, and Reese & Cyrus’s shop will offer furniture customization that can’t be done through DIY workbenches. At Katrina’s shop, she’ll look at your fortune of the day. Harriet can even teach you some different hair styles!


You can get cooking with DIY recipes

After growing vegetables in your garden like tomatoes, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes, and carrots, you can combine your harvest or other ingredients and fill up your dining table with delicious-looking dishes.


Further support for your island life

Nook, Inc. will offer further support for your island life. From group stretching at the plaza and bigger home storage, to the Resident Representative being able to establish ordinances like making all the residents get up early in the morning, there are more options to help you enjoy and adjust the island to fit your lifestyle.


*Players will need to connect to the internet and download the latest update data to access certain in-game events as they become available.

**Additional games and systems required. Sold separately.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ESRB Rating: Everyone with Comic Mischief