While we’re still waiting a while to see any sort of Animal Crossing release for Nintendo Switch (probably a long while, at that), players can still enjoy the franchise this holiday season, as Nintendo has provided new details on its forthcoming mobile spin-off for the series, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
The game will release in late November for both iOS and Android devices, and will be initially free to download. Players that wish to purchase secondary goods can do so with in-game buys, but you can also earn your way to progress as well, so it’s not a requirement.
This time around, you’re not managing a city in need of direction, but instead setting up your own little “dream camp”, as it were, including gathering materials to make furniture for your couch site (yes, even a couch). You can also pick up LeafTickets, which will help quite a bit when it comes to speeding up crafting time, or helping you acquire materials that are needed. (You can buy them or earn them, your choice.)
But the game will attain the neighborly ways of previous entries, as you can make friends with a number of animal characters within the game, and even have them drop by your camp site for a visit if it’s up to snuff. Players can also bring friends in with the help of Player ID’s, as well as random players that can pop up anytime. Relax, they mean well.
The game will feature day and night cycles, as well as a variety of locations that are at your fingertips, including Saltwater Shores and Sunburst Island, amongst others. You can also stop by the Marketplace and buy stuff for your character or camp, however you see fit. So, yeah, customization is the name of the game! You can also pick up limited edition items in game, with special updates that will be provided on a regular basis.
You can get a first look at how the game will come across with the attached gallery – and, yes, it does resemble an Animal Crossing game, so you shouldn’t worry about that.
Here are all the features in the game, straight from Nintendo:
- Manage Your Manager: When you start a new game in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you will be asked to create your personalized campsite manager avatar – your character in the game. You can choose to be a girl or a boy, and customize things like skin color, hair color and eye color. Whatever suits you!
- Arts & Crafts: By gathering resources like fruit and wood, you can craft items for your campsite. These include furniture and decorative items, like couches and benches, as well as baskets and plants. To craft items, just speak to classic Animal Crossing villager Cyrus to put in an order. After the item is finished, you can place it around your campsite or decorate the interior of your camper.
- Leaf Tickets: Leaf Tickets can be earned through regular gameplay or purchased using real-world money, and can be used in a variety of ways in the game. For example, they can be used to shorten the time needed to craft items, more easily acquire materials or acquire unique camper exterior designs.
- Friendship Level: In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you can chat with your animal friends or fulfill their requests to raise your friendship level. If you level up your friendship or decorate your campsite with an animal’s favorite items, she or he might pay you a visit.
- BHFF (Best Human Friends Forever): Not all of your friends in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have fur or feathers. You can send your in-game Player ID to real-life friends who also own the game to have them visit your campsite. Random player avatars will also visit the campsite from time to time. Once someone visits, you can exchange your Bells for items saved in the Market Box.
- Tick Tock: Similar to past Animal Crossing games, time passes in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp just like in real life! As morning, day, evening and night pass, the scenery in the game will change and different animal friends might show up.
- Area Map: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is full of places to visit and explore. In addition to your campsite, you can travel in your camper to a beach, a forest, a river and an island.
- Market Place: The go-to spot for shopaholics, Market Place is full of stores run by familiar Animal Crossing characters like Timmy, Tommy and the Able Sisters. The various shops in Market Place offer things like furniture and clothing items. The selection at each shop rotates, so don’t be a stranger!
- OK Motors: Remember that camper that was mentioned a few bullets back? It’s not used to just travel between locations in the game. By visiting the OK Motors store, you can acquire things to customize your camper, including furniture to fill the interior and paint to decorate the exterior. It’s like those tiny homes that are all the rage ... but with wheels!
- Expanding Camp Life: In addition to all the fun things you can do in the game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will eventually offer seasonal events to keep the experience fresh and surprising, as well as limited-time furniture and outfit options through game updates. These events and updates will begin rolling out after launch.
Again, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will release in late November. We’ll let you know when there’s a more specific release date. In the meantime, you can pre-register here to get more information!