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Huge Animal Crossing: New Horizons leak suggests major update coming

Published: 20/Apr/2020 19:15

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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A massive datamine has unearthed several lines of code that heavily suggest that some major features are on the way for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

When New Horizons released on March 20, veteran players were disappointed that certain characters and features familiar to the series had been cut in the Nintendo Switch release, such as swimming and diving, Crazy Redd’s Furniture Emporium, Brewster’s cafe, and a gardening store.

Notorious Animal Crossing dataminer Ninji took a deep dive into the game’s code, and discovered several things that hint at features that could potentially be heading to the life simulator in a future update. Fair warning: there will be spoilers ahead, so bear that in mind before deciding to read on.

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The first thing they discovered was a hint at what’s in store for the museum. Currently, there’s three areas for fish, bugs, and fossils, but art and deep sea diving creatures weren’t included. That could be about to change though, as code for two extra upgrades and a gallery section were found, as well as a dedicated store and cafe – the latter of which includes Gyroids.

Something that’s been a mystery since the game’s release is the ‘secret beach’ situated at the top of every player’s map. The small scrap of sand currently seems to serve little purpose other than being a place to display flowers and outdoor furniture, but the code implies that Crazy Redd will be docking a ship there to flog his wares. 

This could be tied to the museum gallery that was also found in the datamine, as it’s also said that the character’s ‘fake art’ mechanic will be making a return, but little is known at the time of writing.

According to Ninji, azalea, hibiscus, holly, hydrangea, camellia, and osmanthus bushes also appeared in the code. Bushes were extremely popular in New Leaf as players often used them to line their pathways and beautify their towns, so the plants’ absence hit hard for some.

This goes hand-in-hand with another suggestion that Nook’s Cranny could be getting another shop upgrade, since Leif’s gardening store was part of the T.I.Y. enhancement in the 3DS game. He sold bushes, amongst other fauna, so it’s safe to assume this might be returning.

Diving could also return, as an entry for seafood in the Critterpedia with 33 entries was found. One creature, the manila clam, is already a part of the game, so the other 32 could be added in a future update.

Other things unearthed include more hints at Redd’s return, and the ability to grow vegetables such as tomato, sugar cane, carrot, wheat, potato, and pumpkin.

It should be noted that this isn’t 100% confirmation that these features will ever make it into the game, as it’s entirely possible that it’s just leftover code that hasn’t been taken out. But it’s safe to assume that maybe some of them could be added in the future, at least.

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Why Animal Crossing’s hairstyles are dividing the community

Published: 23/Nov/2020 14:45

by Alice Hearing

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons players appear to be quite divided on one part of the new winter update, as it allowed for a more inclusive range of hairstyles.

On November 19, Nintendo enabled the game’s winter update. Excitement has revolved around new hip reactions that will let them sit on the ground, do workouts and yoga, like many have seen their villagers do on their islands.

The content refresh also includes six new hairstyles: afro, afro puffs, cornrows, buzz cut with faded sides, voluminous curls, and even a bald look. New additions have been a welcome change for people of color playing the game, who wanted to see themselves represented.

Previous versions of the game came under fire for a lack of representation. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, some players were forced to play around with the tan feature to give their characters their actual skin tone.

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Nintendo added six new hairstyles to the game in its Winter update

While New Horizons finally represents a far wider variety of skin tones, players felt that not enough had been done for representation and even created a petition in August asking for more inclusive hairstyles.

The campaign ended in victory, but the update has actually been dividing the community on Twitter. A debate has erupted as to whether it can be deemed cultural appropriation if white players use some of the new hairstyles.

It all began on the day after the update launched when user stardewleaf tweeted an image of a white in-game character with what they called “Space buns”. It has sparked a huge debate with many people taking offense that a white user was using a hairstyle added to represent people of color.

One user responded: “They’re not space buns, they’re afro puffs made for POC”, while another explained why people had taken offense, adding: “The reason people are p**sed off is because we don’t really have a lot of hair options that represent us in Animal Crossing, and you do. Then you specifically choose that one, despite what you others pick from.”

Another person defended the style, saying: “As a white person with curly hair, these could in fact be what a white girl’s bun looks like. They’re both afro puffs and buns, games are games.”

Several other people commented that they felt the debate as a whole was ridiculous and trivial: “No one who gets mad at another person enjoying a hairstyle in a video game is worth listening to.”

The original tweet now has more than 5,000 responses and the number still continues to grow.

In general terms, the decision to have additional hairstyles and more representation incorporated into the Animal Crossing world has been a popular move.