What we know about the New Horizons 2.0 Update

A big update is hopefully coming soon for Animal Crossing New Horizons. We're here to take you through everything you might see in the 2.0 update.

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Animal Crossing so we're expected exciting changes and additions to be made in the upcoming update.

Latest - New Animal Crossing Update Is Here!

On April 26 Nintendo and Animal Crossing announced the new update would be available for download on April 28.

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Available for download now, the latest Animal Crossing 1.10.0 is ready to play!

What's Included?

The latest update for Animal Crossing sees the return of May Day and International Museum Day, and also includes lots of exciting new features

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May Day

May Day is taking place from April 29 - May 7, an opportunity for players to tour an exciting new island for a one time visit.

International Museum Day

International Museum Day is taking place from May 18 - May 31. Similar to last year this will include a stamp rally at the Museum with daily rewards available for players.

Wedding Season

The Wedding Season is taking place to celebrate the anniversary of Reese and Cyrus. Travel to Harv's Island to help the couple celebrate by taking exciting wedding photos for them.

New Seasonal Items Available

We couldn't have an update without more seasonal items! Be sure to check the nook store for exciting new May/June themed items.

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Release Date

We have no official release date as of yet as to when the 2.0 update will arrive and Nintendo has not commented on it at all. While Nintendo chooses to remain silent, fans are still able to make predictions about what we might see in this coming update!

With the most recent update (1.9.0) released on the 18th March 2021, we can expect to see the 2.0 update sometime during the last week of April (26th-30th).

Last Year's Update

On April 22nd, 2020, Animal Crossing released its 1.2.0 update.

During this, they introduced two new characters into the game

  • Redd (Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler)
  • Leif (Gardening Shop)
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They also added more seasonal events, as well as making routine minor bug fixes and improvements.

What Do Fans Want to See?

Return of May Day & International Museum Day?

After the April update added more seasonal events last year, players got to experience May Day and International Museum Day events the following month (both of which returned in 2021).

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The May Day event took place from May 1-7, 2020, and consisted of giving players a plane ticket to visit a new island and enjoy the May Day maze.

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GET LOST: The maze from last year's event! - Image credit: Forbes

International Museum Day was an event that took place for two weeks, running from May 18 to - May 31, 2020.

During this event, players had to collect stamps at various locations in the museum. After doing so, they would be able to speak to Blathers and receive an award. Unlike the May Day event, this event could be repeated every day during the two-week period.

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Wake Up Blathers! It's Time for Another Museum Event!

Neither of these events are currently in the game for 2021. Fans can expect that these events or perhaps similar new ones will be added in for May during the April update.

New Characters?

Last year's April update for Animal Crossing New Horizons introduced to us two new characters: Leif and Redd. This year, Animal Crossing may choose to follow suit and introduce two completely new characters.

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Redd arrives in Animal Crossing New Horizons

There are several characters from previous Animal Crossing games that are still missing in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Some possibilities might be:

Gracie

  • Last seen on Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Nintendo 3DS), Gracie was the owner of a boutique that specialized in designer clothing.
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Brewster

  • Brewster is another missing character in New Horizons, greatly missed by fans, this somber pigeon ran the coffee shop in the basement of the museum.

Wendell

  • Wendell is a character also last seen on the Nintendo 3DS, whose role changed throughout the series. Most recently in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Wendell would utilize the dream suite's feature.
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Animal Crossing 20th Anniversary

April 14, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Animal Crossing franchise. While the exact date for the 20th anniversary has come and gone, 2021 could still be the year where fans see huge updates and exciting changes in the celebration of this milestone.

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Time To Celebrate!