Now that the game has been out over a year and has not gotten many major updates... are you expecting anything else significant to be updated?
I've been holding out hope for Tortimer's Island to be added, but now that June is nearly over and there's no mention of an update, I've lost hope. I don't know what sorts of updates they have up their sleeves, but I don't think this game will ever be up to par with New Leaf like we all originally expected. I'm sure there'll be updates still, but likely small things like seasonal items for the Nook Stop.
I have to say I'm very disappointed in the lack of any significant updates. There weren't many big content additions. Just adding Redd and diving (which I believe were both ready before launch and were held as updates for no reason) and the Dream Suite. Sanrio was a paid update, so I don't count it. All the holidays don't count either, considering that's a staple of the franchise and is to be expected. I think the most exciting update was the pumpkins because that was the only thing that was brand new.
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absolutely we're not getting anything close to what NL was like. they wanted this game to have its own identity, and whether you like how they did it or not, they did achieve that.
my cynical brain wants to try to keep me from getting my hopes up, but monkey brain still thinks there will be one or two big updates in the future (maybe one this year and a final last hurrah next year). we did get this quote from an interview with doug bowser on the verge:
"He also adds that, despite its absence from the company’s E3 presentation, New Horizons remains a big part of Nintendo’s future. “While we didn’t talk about it [during the E3 Nintendo Direct], we absolutely have plans going forward to ensure the 33 million people who have islands out there have new and fun activities to engage with,” Bowser says. “Look for more to come.”"
I definitely think most of the updates in the future will be along the lines of just seasonal items - a few more halloween items, a few more toy day items, that kinda thing. again like I said before I want to think maybe one or two big ones, but I really doubt there will be more than that.
also I doubt those major updates from early on were finished before the game launched, but I'm pretty confident they were almost done. clearly nintendo made the right call releasing it when they did out of sheer luck with the pandemic, but I think I would've preferred it if they held it back until all the main content was in the game at the start and then every month they gave us a new furniture set or two and some clothing items. keep our expectations lower from the get-go
or actually I would be happier if they did it the way they're doing now but also had a new furniture set each month. a furniture set is, what, 10-12 items? I'm no game developer or anything, but I doubt it'd be hard to make 10 items in 30 days with a small team
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I was actually thinking about this and we might not see a major update until three or four years after the release anniversary. I noticed the big update for Mario Party on the Switch that added multiplayer came out of nowhere a few years after its release and the AC:NL update they released with Harvey and everything also came out a few years after the game had been released. If Nintendo is following that pattern we might not get a big content update to NH until another two or three years that adds something like Tortimers Island or at least some different features like The Roost or something else substantial...
From what it sounds like I'd agree with Chiyoko that we could expect small updates with seasonal items and stuff in the coming months but I wouldn't hold out hope for anything big this year...
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I'd be pretty surprised if we never got a 2.0.0 update. They seemed to be setting the expectation from the beginning that people were paying for the original game as well as future updates that would give it a similar amount of content as previous games in the series. If Nintendo ever wants to return to that model in the future then they really have to follow through on updates for New Horizons, or sales of future games that are incomplete at launch will suffer significantly.