Animal Crossing: New Horizons wave 1 summer update adds swimming
Swimming, mermaid furniture, and a new pirate look for Gulliver are amongst the free additions to Animal Crossing being added next week.
It’s always been said that much of the success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is due to the coincidence of it coming out just as the coronavirus lockdown started, when a laidback slice of escapism was exactly what everyone was looking for.
Now it seems to have lucked out again, with the first ‘wave’ of summer updates coming right in the middle of a Great British heatwave.
Wave 1 will hit on Friday, 3 July and will give players the ability to swim in the water and dive to the ocean floor, where you’ll be able to collect new sea life to donate to the museum.
Alternatively, you can give your undersea discoveries to Pascal the sea otter (who presumably eats them), in return for new DIY recipes with a mermaid theme.
Gulliver, the perpetually shipwrecked seagull, is also getting a pirate themed makeover, although it’s not clear from the trailer above what that actually entails.
The swimming was predicted months ago by dataminers, who at the same time suggested that the game would be seeing the return of Brewster’s café and a new shop of some kind.
Also rumoured were new vegetables, including tomatoes and pumpkins. Although just because the swimming was accurate it doesn’t necessarily mean the rest will definitely happen – although the café has seemed a shoe-in for a long while now.
Wave 2 of the summer updates is planned for early August, so something more is certainly planned beyond what’s being added next week.
Some already think that the firework images towards the end of the trailer indicate that the weekly firework displays, that used to be a part of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, are coming back for August.
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