Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons Includes Brewster, New Customization Features, and More

by | Oct, 15th 2021

Nintendo’s life-simulator Animal Crossing: New Horizons will see a significant update this November that brings a lot of new customization options, quality of life changes, and some returning features from past Animal Crossing games. Nintendo are opting to call the upcoming update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons the 2.0 version of the game as it adds a bunch of content in order to bring players back in preparation for the substantial Animal Crossing release that’s slated to come out around the same time as the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update.

There’s a ton of features and changes that come with the 2.0 update, so we’ll be trying to condense everything into three sections in order to better organize all the information released in the Animal Crossing Direct. If you’d like to see everything that’s coming with the Animal Crossing 2.0 update, feel free to check out the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct that’s on Nintendo’s YouTube channel.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Return of the Roost

Brewster and The Roost will be returning in the 2.0 update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Players can swing by The Roost for a quick cup of coffee, a chat with Brewster, or a coffee break with some of your favorite villagers. Players can also use Animal Crossing amiibo figures and cards to invite select characters to The Roost for a coffee date. Players can also invite friends to The Roost on their island, or visit a friend’s island for a coffee meetup. 

The inclusion of The Roost in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is only a part of a larger part of the update focused on bringing players to new locales and enabling new interactions between players and their favorite villagers. Kapp’n can take you to new islands with different seasonal environments, as well as different times of day. Access to these new islands could possibly help players looking to fill up their Critterpedia with fish and bugs that are only available during specific seasons. Harv’s island will also see an expansion as players can finally bring traveling vendors like Sahara, Kicks, and Redd to a fixed location, making them available as long as the player donates the requisite bells to bring them to Harv’s island. 

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons direct announced that players can expect villagers to unexpectedly visit their homes with the 2.0 update, as well as schedule visits, a feature that returns from previous Animal Crossing games. Players can also engage in tape exercises/calisthenics with villagers on the island, providing players a cute event that they can participate in with their favorite characters.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – New Items & Customization Features

Animal Crossing wouldn’t be the game it is if there wasn’t a high degree of customization available. Now, players can create new items and access customization features to bring a new level of design and visual depth to their homes and island.

Island ordinances bring back the town ordinances of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, allowing players to control the time of day villagers are active. The Bell Boom ordinance also returns, which should be a boon for players flush with bells or looking to increase their profits.

A slew of customization features will also be coming with the 2.0 update. New exteriors for player homes, new hairstyles, new Nook Miles items, new reactions, new Nook’s Cranny furniture, and new K.K. Slider songs are slated to release with the 2.0 update, giving players new things to collect. However, all these new items don’t compare with the return of gyroids.

Gyroids make a comeback in Animal Crossing: New Horizon 2.0. Players can now plant and water Gyroid fragments in order to grow a fully-developed gyroid. Different gyroids can then be placed in a player’s home. Additionally, gyroids can be customized with different colors to match the aesthetics of a player’s home.

New DIY recipes include cooked items and a permanent ladder. Cooked items can be placed like other items, allowing players to create a supper scene in their home. Ladders can be used throughout the island to improve access to different parts of a player’s island. Additionally, new ladder recipes will become available, granting players increased customization options for their island.

Speaking of customization, the pro decorating license will allow players to hang ceiling decor in their homes, as well as accent walls. Players can choose a specific wallpaper or custom pattern to place on a single wall in their home. Custom patterns used for items can now also be worn. 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paid DLC – Happy Home Paradise

Animal Crossing’s finally getting its first paid DLC in the form of Happy Home Paradise. Happy Home Paradise’s features resemble the Nintendo 3DS’s Happy Home Designer, which gave players a lot of freedom when it came to designing homes and creating unique spaces for their favorite villagers.

Happy Home Paradise brings players to a new island to assist Paradise Planning in designing vacation homes for vacationing villagers. Those familiar with Happy Home Designer can expect the same features in the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC. 

Players will be able to design dream homes for villagers, choosing from a huge selection of furniture and items to design spaces that villagers will love and enjoy. Players can choose locales with different types of yards influenced by the season of that island. Once an island is selected, players can design the home’s interior and exterior to their liking, including the new ceiling decor and accent wall features. A home’s interior can be adjusted to be the size of the player’s choosing, and can have partitions, pillars, and surfaces throughout, giving interiors a structured layout. Sounds and visual effects can also be added to a vacation home’s interior.

For assisting residents in designing their dream vacation homes, players will be compensated with Poki, Paradise Planning’s scrip currency. With Poki, players can buy rare furniture for use on their own island. 

Players can remodel spaces as they see fit, and can encourage villagers to live in the same space, increasing the chances of unique interactions players can have with different villagers. With new furniture types and decor available, players can also design non-residential spaces, such as restaurants, hospitals, and business offices. After becoming competent house designers, players can then remodel the homes of residents on their own islands.

Finally, players can show their Happy Home Paradise designs via Nintendo Online. Will your designs catch the attention of the world?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 and Happy Home Paradise will release November 5th for the Nintendo Switch. Those who are subscribed to the upgraded Nintendo Online Expansion Pack, which includes the Nintendo 64 and Sega Genesis libraries.


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