As planned, Nintendo has already detailed the following free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. This is the second summer update, which includes fireworks, dreaming, and the backup. Also, it has been confirmed that we will receive another free update in the fall.
Here is the official message released by Nintendo:
A dazzling array of colors is ready to explode in the night sky above your island’s abode as the soothing waves of the sea lap the shore. Hear the end of summer with weekly fireworks shows during the month of August when the second free update hits the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game for the Nintendo Switch console!
For those with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, the update adds the ability to sleep and dream in-game and visit other people’s islands. It also adds a new island backup service that allows Nintendo Switch Online members to back up the game’s saved file. These features can be enjoyed regardless of the hemisphere in which your island is located.
Available starting July 30, the free summer update adds the following features to the game:
- Fireworks Shows: Enjoy the fireworks that light up the sky over your island every Sunday in August at 19:00. Add a personal touch to the fireworks display using your own custom-designed pattern to see it shot into the air like a firework!
- Dreams: In addition to impressive shows, you can finally use your beds for their real-life purpose: going on spiritual journeys. By lying down and choosing to sleep, you can meet with Luna, a special Tapir who lets you dream to walk on any island you’ve visited before. In previous games this allowed you to interact and change the island however you like, though the modifications obviously wouldn’t apply to the actual owners – that’d be a quite literal nightmare! Choose an island to visit and you’ll appear in their plaza, able to explore at will and even say hi to a dream version of your friend.
- Island backup and restoration service: Nintendo Switch Online members can enable the new island backup service, which automatically uploads saved island and user data to the Internet at certain times. If your Nintendo Switch system is lost or damaged, you may be able to recover your island paradise as long as you have enabled island backup. In the event of loss or damage, contact Nintendo Consumer Support to restore the island and save user data on your new or repaired Nintendo Switch console. Once your island and individual player data has been restored, you can rebuild your community on the island! Additional details can be found on the Nintendo Consumer Support page when the update is triggered. The island’s backup feature is separate from the cloud save functionality offered for select Nintendo Switch games through Nintendo Switch Online. A specific Animal Crossing: New Horizons feature to move users and save data to another console is scheduled for later this year. Details will be announced in the future.
Take some time to relax this summer and remember to have fun at the fireworks shows on your island getaway in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Then comes the free fall update. Do not miss it!