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Animal Crossing players are eager to sit down with their villagers

I’ve been standing this whole time

An island resident and bunny sit by a river in a screenshot from Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

One of the very best things about Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the villagers themselves. Players spent hours (and sometimes real money) to invite the perfect lineup of animals to their islands, curating a guest list defined by cuteness, personality, and decor. There’s always been a lot in New Horizons for players to do with their villagers, whether that’s visiting them in their homes or giving them gifts. But what about those of us who just want to chill with our villagers? Soon, Nintendo will let us sit.

New Horizons players have wanted the ability to just hang out with their villagers. You know ... just vibe? To sit on the beach with Pietro. To take in the river sounds with Raymond. To stare into the void with Coco. People have been asking for this since New Horizons was released. Sure, you can place a cushion on the ground and sit with a villager. But why can’t we just sit on the ground?

Now, sitting with your villagers is possible, thanks to the Nov. 19 update coming free to New Horizons. Sitting will be one of the few new Reactions added to the game. It does exactly what it says on the tin: It lets you sit down — no cushion needed. Turkey Day and Toy Day are both coming with the update, too, but players are more excited about the small things: new textured hair options and the sitting Reaction.

Beyond the new Sit Down animation, Nintendo is also adding other ways to join in with your villagers’ activities, including yoga and exercise. Now you can join your villagers for their morning sweat session in the plaza. But it’s Sit Down that’s really got folks excited.

The update officially goes live on Nov. 19, but North American players should be able to download the update on Nov. 18, due to time zone differences. I, for one, am excited to get back into New Horizons simply to sit with my villagers, who will surely shame me for my absence. And I’m glad I only have to wait until tomorrow, because I have been standing this whole time.

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