Animal Crossing New Horizons: Will There Be DLC?

Animal Crossing New Horizons: Will There Be DLC?

We cover look at the possible downloadable expansions and future content for New Horizons here.

Despite not being out for long and loaded with content, people are already looking to the future of Animal Crossing New Horizons to see what new content will be coming to the game in the future. Here we'll answer the question of whether there will be DLC for Animal Crossing New Horizons.

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Will There Be DLC for Animal Crossing New Horizons?

While there's no guarantee either way, it seems possible that there are plans for future downloadable content for several reasons, the first of that being that there's a lot of untapped content hidden in New Horizons that's currently inaccessible, but hints at further elements to the game we haven't seen yet.

Events like Bunny Day and Earth Day are being added via online updates. | Nintendo

Recent datamining has uncovered referenced museum upgrades, a swimming mechanic, vegetable growing, and much more. And while it's certainly possible that these are only trace aspects of code for ideas that never really got off the ground, some of this data has been added in updates since the game's release, which makes it seem less likely that's the case. We've even seen scraps of dialogue in the game itself that hint at more than what's currently on offer, such as Fang commenting on art that doesn't actually exist.

Furthermore, we've also seen some information on Nintendo's own website indicating this may be the case. The game's ESRB rating mentions in-game purchases, but so far there's nothing really in the game that can be said to match that, with the possible exception of buying Nintendo Online to play with friends. Whichever the case, we'll be sure to keep this page updated according to news going ahead, so remember to keep watching this page for everything you need.

Future Updates

What we do know is that there are going to be multiple updates going ahead. We're already in version 1.1.4 of the game at time of writing, and director Aya Kyogoku has confirmed that many of the game's seasonal changes and events (such as Bunny Day) will be added via future updates, though with the addendum that working under COVID-19 may cause some delays, depending on circumstances. We already know that an event named "Earth Day" will be coming up soon, and that it'll be via an update. Beyond that, it remains to be seen what changes we can expect for Animal Crossing, though it certainly doesn't sound like we can expect it to stop changing any time in the near future.

If you're enjoying our Animal Crossing content, the best way you can show you it is to simply enjoy more. Why not check out Caty's very special review of the game here, or see here how a very special town was recreated on somebody's island?

Joel Franey

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