Animal Crossing New Horizons takes players to an deserted island setting, allowing them to set up a camp and start building. It looks to be a continuation of ideas first set up in Animal Crossing Wild World, though there have been some notable changes to multiplayer this time around. While we’ve not seen everything the game has to offer yet we do know a fair bit about the multiplayer functionality. Let’s take a look at whether the game supports couch co-op.
- Can You Play Couch Co-Op With Friends?
- How Many Players Can Play Co-Op On One Nintendo Switch?
- How to Start Local Co-Op
- Each Session Will Have a Leader
- Can Each Player Go Into Different Areas of the Map?
- Do You Share A House? Or Will Each Player Have Their Own?
- Do You Need a Nintendo Online Subscription to Play Local Co-Op?
Can You Play Couch Co-Op With Friends?
Animal Crossing New Horizons supports local co-op. This means that you can play with friends using the same screen, a first for the series. This opens up a lot of possibilities, though from what we’ve seen in promotional material there might be some limitations imposed on what players can do while playing local co-op. Let’s dive deeper.
How Many Players Can Play Co-Op On One Nintendo Switch?
Thanks to the most recent trailer for Animal Crossing New Horizon we know that up to four players can play together on the same system. If you head online you can increase this to 8 players.
How to Start Local Co-Op
To start local co-op in Animal Crossing New Horizons you’ll need a Nook Phone. This is given to you shortly after arriving on the island, and allows you to call other Islanders. Whip out your phone and select the ‘Call Islander’ option. This will then allow you to select who you’d like to play with.
Each Session Will Have a Leader
Judging by the Nintendo Treehouse presentation that aired last year (video embedded below), each local co-op session will have a leader. This leader is indicated by a yellow flag above their head. Only the leader can enter and exit buildings (this will move the whole group), select items from their inventory, and move the screen camera along with them.
Can Each Player Go Into Different Areas of the Map?
For now, it seems that all players will need to be within a certain distance from one another at all times. If players stray too far they are automatically teleported back to the leader. This means that players cannot go off exploring on their own.
Do You Share A House? Or Will Each Player Have Their Own?
One thing that we’re a little fuzzy on right now is whether or not players will get to build their own tents/houses. In the demo footage it looks very much as if all players share one tent, perhaps functioning how houses did in Animal Crossing Wild World. We’ll have to wait and see to find out, and we’ll be sure to update this page if we hear any more.
Do You Need a Nintendo Online Subscription to Play Local Co-Op?
There is some info that can be gleaned from the trailer above on this subject. When it is detailing local co-op there is no disclaimer regarding Nintendo Online memberships. Once online multiplayer is shown, a disclaimer appears. This likely means that local co-op will be free to use without an online subscription. If this changes we’ll update this page.
Using the Nook phone, you can call up other residents and start a party. These residents will need to be your friends.