Animal Crossing

Annoying Animal Crossing bug is ruining islands with permanent cliffs

by David Purcell

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Animal Crossing: New Horizon players beware, there's a new glitch in-game that could totally change the way your island looks. 

Modifying islands and customizing them to your liking plays a huge part in New Horizons, whether that be using the terraforming feature to transform different areas, or something more simple.

However, while the Nintendo Switch game has been a huge hit since it released on March 20, some players have been astonished to find that with just one innocent interaction, the island they have worked so hard to build could be completely ruined.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizon players have been working hard to create unique islands since launch.

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The problem was flagged by Danielle Cruz on Facebook, as seen in the Reddit post below from rquinain, showing that permanent changes of colossal proportions can be forced upon players simply by popping a balloon.

She said: "Don't pop a balloon with a present over your fourth layer of ground and accidentally forever create a monument to an unopened and unobtainable present," sharing three images that show the damage this bug can cause.

The first screengrab shows the player approach the balloon and it progressively gets worse the further you look through them, with the last picture showing that it's not actually possible to repair the damage caused by the bug.

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Sharing this bug on Reddit could serve two purposes, really. First of all, members of the community will now be aware of the problem and hopefully don't go on to make the same mistakes.

Secondly, they will also be hoping that Nintendo spot the post – which has been upvoted by thousands of fans – and resolve the bug in the near future.

"I'm sure hoping that they have some kind of patch for this," one Redditor said, while others complained about not being able to build on the fourth level, where the problem occurred.

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Does the Animal Crossing cliff bug have a fix?

There has been no indication, at the time of writing, that Nintendo have spotted a problem and are working on a fix.

Well, with that in mind, Twitter user MrOrdun has shared what could be a potential solution to the problem. All you need is another player to give you a hand.

As the video shows, the second player can use their shovel to fling another higher, onto the fourth layer of ground. From here, perhaps you can build over the gaping hole created by the glitch and carry on sculpting the island in your vision.