Easygoing Animal Crossing: New Horizons players are about to get a new reason to check in on their towns during the weekend, and the super-dedicated island decorators are going to have another way to show off their beautiful creations. With Animal Crossing's next update, releasing later this week, New Horizons is getting summertime fireworks shows, the Dream World feature from New Leaf, and more.
Launching on Thursday, July 30, the new update will come just in time to introduce fireworks as a new weekly feature for the month of August. For players in both the northern and southern hemispheres, every Sunday in August will bring fireworks shows at 7 o'clock in the evening. During the shows, it looks like players will be able to pick up festive items like noise makers and bubble wands from a raffle booth run by Redd in the plaza. In addition to preset fireworks, players will be able to launch custom design fireworks as well.
Again, fireworks will be a summertime seasonal addition, but it looks like Dream Worlds are coming to stay. The feature, first introduced in New Leaf on the 3DS, allows players to upload dream versions of their towns that others can visit and explore without needing to set up a multiplayer session. Nothing a player does while visiting the dream version of an island is saved, so it's a great way for players to show off their islands without worrying about visitors messing up their hard work.
As before, Luna the tapir will guide players through these dreamscapes. Instead of visiting a specific building, players will be able to access Dream Worlds just by dozing in a bed placed in their house. A press release confirms that people will be able to share Dream Addresses, similar to Dodo Codes, to invite visitors to their dream islands. Although this feature isn't multiplayer, strictly speaking, it is online-enabled and thus requires a Nintendo Switch Online membership.
The other big news from today's announcement is that an Island Backup service is launching with the update on July 30. Later this year, Nintendo plans to roll out a system for save data transfers, an omission at launch that had a lot of players grumbling.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will get its next content update in fall, teased in the video above with a cute Jack-o'-lantern. Maybe we'll get save transfers then, maybe not, but in the meantime players will have plenty of fireworks and dream worlds to enjoy while they wait.