The Animal Crossing mobile experience fans have been waiting for has finally seen an announcement as Nintendo confirms that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be launching on Android and iOS devices in late November 2017. The newest addition to the Animal Crossing franchise will see players building their own campsite in a brand new town, surrounded by a host of new and returning friends.
After arriving at a beautiful but empty campsite, the player will be greeted by fan-favorite villager Isabelle who asks players to run the place, much in the same way she did back in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. After arriving, players will explore the area with their newly customized character, collecting bugs, fishing, or fruit picking, just like they would in previous Animal Crossing games. Villagers will also be there to talk with, and leveling up friendships with them is a great way to earn rewards and gifts from the animals themselves.
Players can decorate their own campsite with the items they’ve collected while playing, and Cyrus will once again be on-hand to craft specific items when required. After hosting them at camp, villagers are free to return at any time, so campsites can become quite the community hangout once they begin to grow. Larger amenities such as a merry-go-round or half-pipe can also be built, given a little time, and are sure to attract more attention to the camp.
The new crew over at OK Motors will also set the player up with their own camper van, a feature that will replace the classic Animal Crossing house. The van can be customized in a range of ways, and even made bigger on the inside with a little extra pocket change. What’s more, as with the developer’s previous release Miitomo, Nintendo aim to give players incentive to keep returning to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, so the game will host a range of events as well as changing dynamic based on both time of day and the season.
So far, it’s looking like the Animal Crossing mobile experience is everything fans had hoped it would be and, with the release date finally so close by, we won’t have to wait long to see if the title lives up the hype. Micro-transactions will be present in the game but it’s not yet known to what extent, and whether it will affect the gameplay too severely.
Players can spend real money on Leaf Tickets which shorten the time needed to craft items, more easily acquire materials, or acquire unique camper exterior designs, though this will hopefully not lead to the game being difficult to play without forking over their hard-earned cash. 20 Leaf Tickets will set players back $0.99 whereas 200 Tickets will cost $7.99 but doesn’t seem to be the upper purchase limit, so the fate of the game may rest on just how much the title is based around these transactions.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will release late November for Android and iOS devices.