This week, Nintendo held a Direct focused on content updates coming to Animal Crossing New Horizons. The video went well over 20 minutes long, bringing a massive list of updates both free and paid DLC. The culmination of these updates bring Nintendo to Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0. As well as the inclusion of the 5th series of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards.
Both the paid and the free updates will be launching together as part of Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 on November 5th. We have broken down both content updates below. The paid DLC update, titled Happy Home Paradise, will retail for $24.99. In addition, the DLC will also be bundled with the new expanded Nintendo Switch Online subscription for $49.99 per year.
Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 Free Update
- A new cafe can be accessed from the museum. The Roost, owned by Brewster where you can buy cups of coffee for 200 bells per cup. In this area, you will also be able to meet up with players online. In addition to the ability to scan guests in from Animal Crossing Amiibo and Amiibo cards.
- Kapp’n will take you to a randomly generated island. These islands can be any season and any time of day. There will also be unique plants.
- Harv’s Island now has new shops that need to be built up with bells and resources. These new shops will unlock new items. Among them will be Katrina’s Fortune Shop.
- Group Stretching has been added to the Town Plaza. You can now meet with friends online or local guests for stretching in your pajamas. There is an option stretching game you can take part in using the motion controls.
- From Town Hall, you can now enact ordinances. There are four ordinances in total which consist of, Beautiful Island, Early Bird, Night Owl, Bell Boom. The example given was the Early Bird ordinance, where residents wake up earlier.
- Four new options for the design of the exterior look of your home. You can give your house a log cabin look, as well as a traditional Japanese farmhouse.
- Storage expansion for homes has three new upgrades. This brings the total number of storage items to 5,000 from 2,400.
- New items will appear in Nook’s Shop as well as Nook’s Cranny.
- Various vegetables can now be grown and harvested. This will play a major role in the new food crafting system.
- Enhanced lighting details have been added for home design. You can now hang lighting, along with being able to dim lights.
- Wall patterns can now be applied to individual walls instead of having them apply to an entire room.
- The number of bridges and inclines that can be built on your island is increased from 8 to 10.
- Permanent ladders, storage units, ABD (ATM) machines can now be built on your island.
- 11 new hairstyles and 11 new reactions will be added.
- Players can now “shimmy” sideways between tight areas and hallways.
- 12 more songs from K.K. Slider will be added, as well as a music box that can be placed in your home.
- New events, conversations, and interactions from NPC island guests will be added.
- Gyroid Fragments now appear as fossil holes. After you plant and water a Gyroid, it will grow into a customizable music item.
- Island Life 101, a new app on the in-game phone that will let you receive tips from island residents.
- The new camera app allows for first-person screenshots.
Paid DLC Happy Home Paradise
In this event, players can travel to an Archipelago or a collection of smaller islands. From there, you will be charged with building the perfect vacation home for residents looking to take up a second home. You must meet their interior, exterior, and environmental requirements to build the perfect place of relaxation.
It appears most of the expansion will be centered around the interior and home design. Additionally, the ability to design facilities is coming to Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 as part of this update. With that, you will be able to design schools, restaurants, and other shared spaces. It is unclear if new furniture will be exclusive to the Happy Home Paradise. Although the Direct implied that new interior items were a big part of the upcoming paid DLC.