So I've noticed a lot of mixed reactions to New Horizons, and I feel like a lot of it comes from misunderstandings or has been cleared up/hinted to with the Treehouse gameplay or things the dev team has said. I'll try to clear up a few things that people may be concerned about with New Horizons.
Biggest thing: Crafting. There's a good amount of people saying it makes the game not feel like Animal Crossing, or makes it Pocket Camp 2. At first I wasn't too keen on crafting, but they showed it off during the Treehouse gameplay, and you can actually still buy tools and furniture. It looks like crafting is going to be largely or completely optional, so there's not much to be worried about luckily. Crafting will be pretty useful for getting some furniture though.
“If the player chooses to stay in the tent, Tom Nook may say ‘Hey, actually, that guy likes living more of an outdoorsy, wild life,'” Kyogoku said. “So he may not see the necessity of adding new resident support services. But then if you do upgrade to a house, he may see a need for some sort of new facility.”
From what it sounds like, Nook will give you the option to add facilities as the game goes on, kind of like PWPs for Dream Suite or Club LOL in New Leaf. Plus, in the crafting menu, there's no option for clothing, so at least Able Sisters are confirmed.
Last one I've seen a ton of was no Isabelle, but the devs announced she'll be in the game, so there's nothing to worry about.
Remember, the game is still in development, and we have another 9 months. Plenty is still going to be added and I don't doubt if we see more in a September or December Direct, or even a specific New Horizons Direct.
I think it's silly that people are skeptical because of the lack of Isabelle or shops in the Treehouse segment/trailer. The Treehouse segment was just 20 or so minutes of very early gameplay and, as they've stated, the point of NH is to build your town up. Of course you're not going to see shops! As for the trailer, I think they wanted to focus more on the player's journey instead of the town's journey which I think is pretty cool. Most importantly, as you said, the game releases in 9 months. They're going to make behind-the-scenes changes and additions so we really should wait until we have the game in our hands to judge it lol.
I think people are just worried the game isn't going to be good, which is good that so many people care about Animal Crossing this much. But yeh, the game is still in development for the next 9 months, so there's plenty to be added. Even with what they showed in the Treehouse segment, the game looks absolutely amazing. I have very little doubt it'll beat Population Growing become my favourite Animal Crossing game.
This is where waiting since 2012 and 2013 is a blessing and curse. Yes we are very happy it is coming, but this isn't a 2K sports game where if it is a dud we can just get the next seasons version. This will be our Animal Crossing for the next 4 years or more. So understandably folks are antsy and worried.
I also underetand folks worry on the lack of NPCs in the Trailer or Treehouse. As big as Isabelle has become, I get the worry. And when none of the NPCs other than Nook INC appear, that will rattle some people.
I am more concerned about how small the demo map looked & where the museum, cafe & shops for the NPCs will be. That dirt area for the Nook tent & Bulletin Board was not that big. I never minded City Folk or New Leafs mainstream/city aspect. I have seen some on YouTube & Twitter who absolutely did no like the load times to travel. I would be okay with it if it meant more space for us to use tho. Keep the basics like City Hall, the Museum & a Shop in town and the rest elsewhere.
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I was skeptical of crafting as well! I think over time our concerns will slowly ebb away. I do have some questions though. Anyone feel free to hop on the discussion. Do you think the dev team will add more texture and more shading in the art style of the game. I'm not upset if they don't, but I saw a few people worried about the art style. Comparing the colors to NL or PC, you can see the colors seem much more vibrant and neon almost. Do you think this will just become the new normal to match the island/tropical feel of the game?
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i was really thrown off by the neon colors and textures at first.
i think i am used to animal crossing generally having a more earthy and natural sort of feel with their dark, contrasting colors. you do have a point, perhaps the colors are bright and saturated to represent the island theme, but i am personally not a fan. if these colors remain, i suppose i'll just get used to it, though i'd prefer something a bit less.. in my face
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I'm sure the graphics are gonna change a bit. In the New Leaf promo pics the trees, flowers & bushes looked very different than the actual game. Although, we received the official trailer, so I don't know how dramatic the changes will be. I don't love the shiny, plastic look that the game has now but I think it's gonna stay just as vibrant, hopefully a little more shading.
Looking at what other game companies are doing, my biggest fear is that there will be a "pay to win" element of some sorts. AC is the most safe considering there is no goal but Pocket Camp had some parts where the game was boring unless you paid to speed things up which made the entire game feel like a chore.
There are a few small things I'm not a huge fan of but I trust Nintendo enough that I'm confident they'll make the game fun.
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I strongly doubt there will be any pay to win concepts in AC. Nintendo has done a really good job keeping micro transactions out of their games, besides mobile (which makes sense because they have to profit off them somehow). If there’s any paid DLC, I fully expect it to be content worth purchasing, but is far from required to have a good experience (a good example of this is the Torna expansion of Xenoblade) but just based off of everything we’ve seen from Nintendo so far on the Switch gives me no reason to fear pay to win micro transactions.
Pocket Camp was a free game, though, which means microtransactions/"pay to win" is pretty much the only way for the company to get a decent return on investment. AC:New Horizons will probably carry a $60 price tag, and a lot of people will also probably throw in a subscription for the online, which will make the game a lot more profitable.
A good example of this is Pokemon Go, which is full of microtransactions. However, the "Let's Go" console games, which are very closely tied to Pokemon Go, has none.
I'm certainly not going to expect to see any "10,000 Bells for $10 / 25,000 Bells for $20" or anything of the sort.
One thing I do think they'll do, though, is have some DLC shirts/pants/hats/accessories. Smash 4 & Smash Ultimate both have "Mii Costumes" that cost real money, and are purely cosmetic, and nobody bats an eye. Sonic Forces did the same. Rocket League as well. All of these are paid Switch games with DLC.
Would Nintendo release a pair of "Happy 2021" sunglasses on New Years Eve that costs real money? Wouldn't surprise me. It wouldn't be hard to prevent trading it, either -- just make it so if you receive the item, you can't actually put it on your character unless you have the DLC.
So, while not "pay to win", I'm fully expecting some paid DLC items.
Very valid points & comparisons with Go & Let's Go.
And good point about DLC with Nintendo. I sure hope they do not go that route with Animal Crossing tho. I can't quite recall back with Wild World, but City Folk & New Leaf were great at rewarding players who kept on playing. Whether it was gifts online or you had to go to one of their partner hotspots, Nintendo was great about giving out clothing & other items without causing us to pay more. Heck, they gave us the Welcome amiibo update for free.
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I truly don’t see NH being a game that will have paid DLC. Maybe something like clothes like GavinGoneGlobal said above me, but animal crossing isn’t really a game to add paid DLC for. Welcome Amibo like strahd9 said was free. I just don’t see them doing it, plenty of Nintendo games haven’t had paid DLC. I’ve also been wrong about everything leading up to the game lol I said no chance to a March 2020 release and figured either a December 2019 release or a summer 2020 release, among plenty of other incorrect predictions.
Animal Crossing is my favorite game and have played all of them on release date. I'm still playing ACNL everyday. This is the first time I haven't been excited for an AC game.
I've watched the direct/treehouse and read information as it comes out. Crafting is something I wanted in a AC game and very happy they added it. I played Disney Magical World where you had do grow crops, fish and hunt for items to build furniture, make clothing and for recipes for food. In that game you designed a Cafe and made a menu.
For now it looks like Pocket Camp set on a island. I've played PC for a little and didn't enjoy it. I'm hoping for updated game play and information. It looks like a unfinished game that needs a lot of work.
I do like the multi player part so families can play together. I love that I can add more players to my island.
I recommend that if you have a Switch that you watch the trailer from the News section on that. Because it looks vastly better on my docked Switch than it does on the PC.
They needed to take it in a different direction and I am happy with what I have seen so far. Clothes actually have textures (see the white jumper the villager is wearing in Fushia's house in the Trailer). I normally am not that fussed about clothes (like in real life!) but this time round I can see my character changing clothes more than 4 times a year. You can craft items or buy them from Nook.
I play Pocket Camp still but it doesn't look like that to me. It feels like proper AC which has listened to feedback and is trying out some new ideas.
Love the wreaths on the houses and the improved flowers (especially the pansies!)
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