A recent interview between Scott Stein and New Horizons creators Aya Kyogoku (Director) and Hisashi Nogami (Producer) indicated that our beloved Switch game should continue to surprise us in two to three years’ time: “Animal Crossing is a game where you’re able to enjoy seasonal changes throughout the year, and it syncs with real time and through that you are able to basically sync your real life with the game. We want to make sure that in two years or three years down the road, players will still continue to find new surprises in the game. So, we hope to create an update that you can do that with.”

With lockdowns and restricted movement providing ample game time, many players have become reliant on New Horizons as a daily escape from the real world. Receiving the news that the game will remain current and fresh for the foreseeable future is excellent and epitomises all that has been great about Nintendo’s approach to the game so far. What would New Horizons look like in three years’ time though? What would we have experienced in that time?

Some of it is obvious. The yearly events that we have already experienced and are set to in the first year of playthrough will likely make an appearance again. There is no doubt we will be seeing Zipper T again – hopefully with less eggs this time though! We will also celebrate Earth Day and will most definitely join in with the odd fishing tourney or two.

If the recent update is anything to go by, the potential for new and existing characters to visit the island seems probable too. With the introduction of Leif and Redd, the hope is that more will be on their way soon. How likely it is that these will still be joining our islands in three years’ time seems very limited, but we can dream right?

Outside of new characters, events and the inevitable DIY furniture recipes, what’s on the horizon for the latest Animal Crossing release is open to speculation. We have our own ideas here at @ACPocketNews, however we would love to hear your thoughts. Get in touch with us in the comments or tweet us. We love to hear what the community thinks!

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Shaun Hughes

Shaun Hughes


With the enigmatic and unassuming K.K. Slider as his hero, Shaun Hughes seeks to be the best teacher, writer, and gamer he can be. He owes so much to the Animal Crossing franchise and ACPocketNews is his way of giving something back.

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This game is just fantastic.
And with the potential it has, I hope Nintendo takes advantage of it.

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