During the Animal Crossing Direct, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was given new life on the Nintendo Switch. With a massive free update on the way, as well as the first paid DLC, Happy Home Paradise, releasing next month, Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans have a lot to look forward to, as well as many more hours to spend.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has received consistent free updates since its release in March 2020. Some of these were seasonal updates, such as the most recent Animal Crossing Halloween event, which added new items. However, it appeared recently that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was gradually closing the door on future updates until today when a slew of new content was revealed.
Although the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons content is exciting and will undoubtedly provide many players with hundreds of hours of content, it appears that Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ 2.0 update will be the game’s final major update.
Furthermore, Happy Home Paradise, the paid DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, will be the first and only major paid DLC, according to IGN. Following that, it appears that Nintendo will continue to support Animal Crossing: New Horizons, albeit with smaller updates.
It’s unclear whether these minor updates will simply be bug fixes, enhancements to the quality of life, or the addition of a few new items during each seasonal event. Nonetheless, with the addition of Brewster, new items, cooking, gyroids, and nearly two years of age, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has provided fans with a plethora of hours. It’s no surprise that Animal Crossing: New Horizons is nearing the end of its lifespan.
Even though the door to large future updates will be closed after that, the positive feedback Animal Crossing: New Horizons has received from its latest Nintendo Direct suggests fans believe update 2.0 will last them a long time. Aside from the free Animal Crossing update, the addition of Happy Home Paradise appears to be massive and will easily garner hundreds of hours from players.
Although Animal Crossing may put some off New Horizons DLC price, Happy Home Paradise appears to be a stand-alone game. Nintendo has clearly spent time working on the Animal Crossing 2.0 update as well as the paid DLC, which will be available in November. Despite the fact that these are the final updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, with the amount of content these updates will provide, it feels as if Animal Crossing is just getting started again rather than ending.