If you’re like me you’ve been wondering where Animal Crossing would fall into the Nintendo ecosystem. Well, Nintendo announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp would be coming to mobile devices late November!
EDIT: It was recently announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo’s latest mobile game, will be playable on mobile devices November 22nd, 2017!
As far as details about the game go, Pocket Camp you’ll manage your own campsite by building things and decorating it to your heart’s delight. Of course, in classic Animal Crossing style, you’ll be able to do so by doing favors for nearby “recreation sites”, doing favors and collecting rewards.
Crafting furniture is key. By crafting an animal’s favorite decorative furniture, they’ll come to visit your camp thus increasing your “friendship level” with them. The “friendship level” is new to the Animal Crossing games and a great feedback system to keep track of how much a friend likes you.
What’s familiar to Animal Crossing players is fishing! A net can be used to catch some fish and the fish can be used for crafting materials. Players can also look forward to the Nookling Global Shop run by Timmy & Tommy Nook, Kicks the shoe store and Able-Sisters to Go, a fast version of the original clothing store.
Players can also look forward to customizing their own camper! Decorate and upgrading your own camper to suit your lifestyle. One downside… you’ll have a mortgage to pay.
The game also includes multiplayer so even though chances are you’re the weird one if your group of friends who likes Animal Crossing if you happen to have a friend you can exchange ID numbers and visit each other’s camps.
One thing we can certainly look forward to is the care-free soundtrack famously associated with the Animal Crossing series. Just take a listen!
While the game will be free-to-play, there will be a big focus on the in-app purchases and microtransactions with the recent controversies in the gaming world. But if they’ve learned anything from Pokemon GO, we can hopefully look forward to a good microtransaction model. What we do know is that the game features “Leaf Tickets” which can be traded for materials or to speed up the time it takes to build something. The good news is that players can either earn them in-game or buy them.
You can expect to see Animal Crossing late-November 2017 on iOS and Android devices. As for a full-fledged Animal Crossing games on the Nintendo Switch well… keep fishing!