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Animal Crossing: New Horizons will let you terraform your island

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A villager shovels a path in a screenshot from Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons will let players navigate their new living spaces like never before, with pole-vaulting across rivers and ladders that let villagers climb up cliffs. But a new endgame option coming to Animal Crossing on Switch will let players transform their islands with a feature called the construction permit.

Once your island is “fully decked out,” Nintendo says, you’ll get a permit that will let you do things like pave new pathways and handle full-on construction jobs. As shown in Thursday’s Nintendo Direct, players will be able to change the paths of rivers, as well as build and demolish cliffs in New Horizons. The options appear to be somewhat limited — this isn’t Minecraft, after all — but it will be interesting to see how players terraform their islands and make them easier to explore.

Animated GIF of a villager building a new wall and breaking down a cliff in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo/YouTube

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sends players on an island vacation as part of the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package. Transported to a deserted island, players will establish a new life, craft and build custom items, and interact with newcomers as they arrive at the island destination. The Nintendo Switch sequel will add brand-new villager customization options, plus support for up to eight players in local and online multiplayer. Features from previous games, like a museum that can be filled with flora, fossils, and other items, will return in New Horizons.

Nintendo will release Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Switch on March 20. The company will also release a special Animal Crossing-themed edition of the Nintendo Switch on March 13. It’s available for pre-order now.

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