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Animal Crossing: New Horizons getting seasonal updates and other free DLC

Starting on launch day

a villager sunning himself on a beach near a yellow tent in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons players will receive free content drops in the form of seasonal events and other updates, Nintendo announced during an Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday morning.

The first of these post-launch add-ons will actually be available on the day of the game’s release, March 20. This update will prepare New Horizons’ villagers for the celebration of Bunny Day in April, which appears to be an Easter-themed holiday. (Nintendo did not provide more specific timing on the Bunny Day in-game event, but Easter this year is on Sunday, April 12.)

Nintendo also announced a bonus for people who own both New Horizons and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the mobile game that the company released on Android and iOS in 2017. Those players will receive “special items in each game,” Nintendo said in a news release, adding that it will provide further details in the future on Pocket Camp’s Twitter account. There’s no word yet on when this offer will go live.

Images of that free cross-game content included OK Motors-themed items for New Horizons, as well as Nook Inc.- and Dodo Airlines-themed items that can be used in Pocket Camp.

A villager stands in a campsite surrounded by OK Motors-themed items in a screenshot from Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
A graphic showing Animal Crossing: New Horizons items, including a plane, tent, and flags, for Pocket Camp. Image: Nintendo/YouTube

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be the first entry in the life simulation franchise on Nintendo Switch. Nintendo is releasing an Animal Crossing-themed special-edition Switch for $299.99 on March 13, one week before the game’s debut.

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