Be in IRL Debt to Tom Nook When Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Launches This Year

Be in IRL Debt to Tom Nook When Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Launches This Year

Like a fully fleshed out Animal Crossing, in your pocket.

An Animal Crossing on mobile was first revealed years ago alongside other Nintendo smartphone-strapped projects, but was bare on the details. In fact, there were absolutely no details. Tonight though, that all changed.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is the name of Nintendo's first Animal Crossing-branded mobile game. It's a real-time, pint-sized mobile game. Instead of being another lackluster Animal Crossing spin-off game to be worried about, the mobile experience looks surprisingly deep! Yet, it still seems to have all the things you might expect from mobile games: timers, microtransactions, a vertical-only display.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp pins players as camp managers, no longer mayors of their own town as in New Leaf. Players will be able to decorate campgrounds and their own trailers they live in. There's familiar shops like the Able Sisters that sell clothes, shoes, and furniture. Players can hunt bugs, shake trees for fruit, and help neighbors with miscellaneous side tasks. Plus, players can personally design their own Villager like in Happy Home Designer again, which was then a first for the series (before character customization was relegated to one skin tone and a questionnaire).

Also to add to the play-anywhere-like-you-live-in-Animal-Crossing immersion, Tom Nook can take your real world money for microtransactions. More bells, more debt! A happier world all around. We'll all be in debt to Mr. Nook soon when Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp releases in late November 2017.

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Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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