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Animal Crossing: New Horizons update adds dreaming, fireworks shows

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A new update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons will add two new features to the Nintendo Switch game: summertime fireworks shows and dreaming — the ability to visit other players’ islands in a dreamlike state.

The free update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be released July 30.

Fireworks shows will be available on players’ islands every Sunday evening in August at 7 p.m. Players will be able to take part in the ceremony by redeeming Bells for raffle tickets in the plaza that will unlock “various festive items,” Nintendo said in a news release. Players can even use custom design patterns to create fireworks displays.

Dreaming is also returning to Animal Crossing with the second summer update. In New Horizons, players will merely need to take a nap in a bed placed in their home.

“While dozing off, you may find yourself in a strange realm where you’ll be greeted by Luna,” Nintendo said. “Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, you can share your island as a dream with others too. She will grant those who share their island a ‘Dream Address’ which players can exchange and use to visit each other’s island in a dream.”

Nintendo notes that what happens in dreams stays in dreams: “nothing is permanent because nothing you do is saved, so explore to your heart’s content,” the company said.

Dreaming was introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. In the Nintendo 3DS game, players needed to visit the Dream Suite, which was run by Luna, in order to go “dream walking.”

Finally, Nintendo is giving players a way to better insure their island. A new island backup service will automatically upload island and user save data to the internet at certain times, Nintendo said. The island backup feature is separate from the Switch’s cloud save feature through Nintendo Switch Online.

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