Though fans have been eagerly awaiting an announcement of Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch, Nintendo has other plans for the franchise for the time being... mobile plans.
The premise is subtly different from previous games, which have mostly been based on paying off the mortgage on your house, furnishing it, and then sitting back to consider your life choices. You did this for no reason other than that it was 2001 and it was FUN.
After creating your personalised campsite manager avatar - whether that be a girl or a boy - you can collect resources such as fruit and wood to hand to Cyrus to craft furniture and decorative items for your campsite, such as couches, benches, baskets, and plants. What's promising, though, is that this looks as close to a fully-fledged Animal Crossing title as we dared to hope for mobile. But if you prefer to have your items right then and there instead of waiting for them to be created, you can spend real money to purchase what's known as Leaf Tickets. If the footage is anything to go by, these tickets will cost 99 cents for 20 or $7.99 for 200.
What do you do in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp? You can raise that level by bringing your friend items they like or fulfilling specific requests. It also requires an persistent internet connection to play.
Traditionally, the Japanese games giant only launches its own titles on Nintendo-badged consoles, but it has since made a decision to capitalise on the growing smartphone market. From the outset you have the choice of collecting bells, the usual currency in the series, to purchase or craft new items as they become available.More news: Albert Einstein's scribbled secrets for happiness fetch $1.5m at auction
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There's also multiplayer elements, The Verge says, which allow gamers to "meet up with other players from your friends list and trade items". Loans also return, this time courtesy of OK Motors where you can expand and upgrade your camper.
You visit a forest to pick berries, and you visit a beach to go fishing.
Animal Crossing is played in real-time and the world will gradually change between day, evening and night just as it does around you.
Watch the full Animal Crossing Direct below for all the details.
Nintendo promises plenty to do in time for Pocket Camp, including holiday and seasonal events.