Pretty much all of the major revelations from the trailer and Treehouse Live segment for the new game are being thoroughly discussed, but there is one thing we learned yesterday that stuck out to me but that I haven't seen much discussion about at all: the game's title. "New Horizons" means basically the same thing as "New Leaf," making it an oddly lazy title choice compared to its predecessors. "Wild World" referred to the introduction of wireless multiplayer, opening up a whole new world of towns to visit. "City Folk" is self-explanatory. Even "New Leaf" had a specific connection to its game, as AC:NL overhauled the series to a far greater extent than either of the previous two games had (a fact which is also the subject of that train metaphor that sometimes comes up in discussions with cranky villagers).
It's true that Nintendo has been pretty uncreative with their titles as of late, but this discrepancy still makes me think that the specific wording of the title is meaningful. I don't know how, but I can of course speculate! Perhaps there will be more emphasis on the exploration aspect of this game - maybe the island is only one of many places that you can visit, and as you play you can discover and traverse new horizons?
There is a NASA space probe named New Horizons. Animal Crossing in space?
I'm guessing they're just being lazy and the new horizon is an unexplored island. At the very least I'm hoping that means there will be differences due to the lack of exploration on the island. For example, maybe we'll see bugs, fish, and fossils that don't exist in real life if the island is unexplored. Or maybe the villagers will act strange when you first arrive because they've never seen humans before.
I don't expect they'll do this but it would be nice if you could have multiple islands. Maybe you could pay Tom Nook a fairly high price and then he'd take you on an adventure where you have a 10% chance of finding a new island. That way it's something you'll eventually get if you play a lot but you still have to work for and won't get quickly so it's not too overwhelming. I doubt we'll see it but with how many people like multiple towns it would be nice it they built something in to give you that option.
Let's go Gophers! Ski-U-Mah!
Sorry, I don't accept random FCRs.
I honestly believe Nintendo have gone all in. New Leaf was massive... they know we love this series, and i feel like they know this market. I'm predicting it's about economy. IGN revealed Isabelle will be attracted to the island once it has developed enough.
In ACNL you turned over a New Leaf, by becoming mayor. To me, it seems like New horizons is just that, a new horizon for you (the player) to explore. like the term broaden your horizons? I'm wondering if next time, it'll be Animal Crossing New Adventure, and be in space? lol.