ACNH Updates 2023: What is the Next Animal Crossing New Horizons Update in 2023?

3/30/2023 7:38:46 PM

Is Animal Crossing: New Horizons still worth playing in 2023? Are there new future updates we can expect to see on our ACNH islands this year? Or is there a new Animal Crossing game coming? In this post, let's talk about the possible updates of ACNH and the new Animal Crossing game in 2023, as well as the new play ways you can try on your island now!

ACNH Update 2023 - What are the Future Updates for Animal Crossing 2023

Time flies, and in the blink of an eye, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has ushered in its third anniversary. In March 2020, the game shattered franchise sales records upon its release, and in the subsequent year, it received frequent updates that brought new content and features to players, making the game more engaging and increasing its longevity. And during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, has brought great fun to countless people who are isolated at home. However, after the 2.0 update more than a year ago, we have never seen new content being added to the island. So in 2023, can we expect new content to appear in ACNH even if it is a paid DLC, or a brand new Animal Crossing series is meeting us? Let's look ahead to Animal Crossing New Horizons' future updates!

1 - Integrate Other Game Elements into Animal Crossing New Horizons with Open World

In update 2.0, to celebrate Mario's 20th anniversary, Mario-themed items were added to Animal Crossing New Horizons. Maybe we can bring more game elements into ACNH from Nintendo to keep the game fresh. The trend in the gaming industry is to give franchises the open world treatment, as demonstrated by titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Although it may appear counterintuitive to apply this genre to a series that centers around settling down and constructing a town like Animal Crossing, there is potential for the franchise to explore this approach. The ongoing mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and the Shopping Plaza on Harv's Island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons provide indications of how an open world could be integrated into the gameplay mechanics of the franchise.

2 - New Animal Crossing Game: AC Resurrected Version 

Nintendo has the opportunity to follow the popular trend in the gaming industry by remaking one of the older Animal Crossing titles with modern features for current platforms. Although this would be an unprecedented move for the franchise, it could bridge the gap between Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a future release. Moreover, this could give players who missed some of the earlier features of the franchise a chance to experience them once again. Depending on the level of fidelity in the remake, it could potentially address the concerns about the lack of depth in villagers personalities. This is because the earlier Animal Crossing games placed a greater emphasis on creating unique identities for each villager. The original Animal Crossing for the GameCube and Animal Crossing: Wild World for the Nintendo DS are both excellent candidates for a remake. Although these games may seem basic compared to the latest entry, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, they were the first introductions to the series for many fans, and therefore hold a special nostalgic value. If these titles were remade to include updated visuals and modern quality-of-life features, they have the potential to be highly successful in bridging the gap until the release of a full-fledged sequel.

3 - New Animal Crossing Game: ACNH Spin-Off Version

The upcoming Animal Crossing game could be either a mainline entry or a spin-off, but it is more likely to be a spin-off. However, some people may not be considering the fact that Nintendo has already provided a spin-off through the paid DLC Happy Home Paradise, which is connected to the main game. Additionally, there is already a mobile app, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, so it is unlikely that they will release another app. Although there is a small chance that another spin-off could be added to the franchise, it is worth noting that the community has already invested a significant amount of money into the DLC and Animal Crossing: New Horizons itself. Many people even purchased a Nintendo Switch just to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

4 - New Ways To Play ACNH

Animal Crossing: New Horizons continues to offer a wealth of activities that keep the game engaging and fresh, even in 2023. Things like trying out the new hard mode play, playing a variety of unlimited NookLink Custom Designs, finding the rarest villagers, or having some fun Bug Offs and Fishing Tourneys with your friends. Players who have exhausted all other options or simply want a fresh start, can consider resetting their island entirely. This can involve placing all furniture in storage and using terraforming to recreate the island or deleting the saved file altogether to start anew.

The above content is our guess about the future update of Animal Crossing. In any case, we still look forward to seeing new content in 2023 to keep this game alive longer!


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