Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ long-awaited winter update introduces a ton of great new content, but fans quickly discovered that Nintendo also used this opportunity to take out a cosmetic exploit colloquially known as the “camo glitch.”
For those out of the loop, the camo glitch refers to a bug where players could force items to take on any color texture, rather than being relegated to the palettes provided by Nintendo. You could, for example, make a room full of decorations that all match the colors of a cupcake, sprinkles and all, as YouTuber AbdallahSmash026 shows off in the leading image of this post. (You can watch a full video showing off the glitch here.) But fans experimented with all sorts of otherwise impossible color combinations.
The glitch was beloved because it allowed players more in-depth customization, allowing fans to fine-tune the look and feel of their islands. But the items that allowed for this exploit also started to command exorbitant prices, with some fans selling camo items that would trigger the glitch for hundreds of Nook Miles or, in some cases, actual money.
Well, as of mid-November, you can’t do it anymore. Fans logging in right now are finding that camo items have returned to normal, meaning that that the game no longer let you adjust the colors of items however you see fit. This adjustment joins a number of tweaks related to item glitches, like taking out “star trees” and not allowing players to obtain “illegal fences.” In short, Nintendo really doesn’t want Animal Crossing fans to customize their items beyond the limits of what the game already provides, even if is something as harmless as using a new color. Alas.