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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ fall season has begun

Well, in the Northern Hemisphere, at least

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.

Fall doesn’t technically begin in the real Northern Hemisphere until later this month, but we’re welcoming the season early in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

As the season turns in New Horizons, there are new things to explore. Naturally, there are new fish and bugs to catch in September, like the monarch butterflies and cherry salmon. But the islands will change, too: Weeds will change with the season, and now acorns and pinecones fall from trees like branches do.

In the same way we collected summer shells for summer-themed items, acorns and pinecones (plus common items, like weeds, wood, or branches) can be crafted into beautiful seasonal items.

Later in fall — in mid-November — tree leaves will start to turn, similar to how cherry blossom trees appeared a few months ago. Players will be able to collect Maple Leaves at this time to create even more exclusive fall-themed furniture. Likewise, players can expect to collect DIY recipes from floating balloons. Next month, mushrooms will start to appear in New Horizons, too, spawning around Hardwood trees or hidden underground.

There’s a lot to look forward to, and so much to collect, which should be especially exciting for people who might have otherwise gotten bored with the summer wares.

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