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Brewster’s officially back in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nov. 5

The Roost opens for business in November

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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.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ new café — The Roost — will finally open for business on Nov. 5. Nintendo officially announced the arrival of coffee-slinging pigeon Brewster during its Animal Crossing Direct on Friday.

During the broadcast, Nintendo showed off the new wing of the New Horizons museum, where Brewster’s café The Roost will live. Players can visit the shop for coffee, of course, but there’s so much more to enjoy.

The cozy café is a place where players can meet up with different characters from the game — alongside friends, too. Players can use amiibo cards to invite characters to grab a cup of joe, and sometimes they’ll bring friends.

When New Horizons’ next update drops in November, it’ll be the first substantial update to Nintendo’s island life simulator since March 2021, when Nintendo added the Custom Design Pro Editor Plus feature. (And farts.) Nintendo’s spent most of the past year hosting New Horizons’ annual holiday events with limited-time items from Nook Shopping — but there wasn’t much else to keep players coming back to their islands.

For most of the year, players have been eager — desperate, even — for larger, more in-depth updates to New Horizons, and they’ve been continuously disappointed as Nintendo kept quiet on the game. Nintendo acknowledged the drought of content in July with a promise to players that new stuff was still coming in 2021.

In particular, New Horizons players have been eager to see Brewster added into the game, and they’ve been anticipating his addition since the game’s launch. After all, some New Horizons villagers already mention the pigeon in certain interactions — so it’s about time he set up shop on the island.

New Horizons was originally released on Nintendo Switch in March 2020, and Nintendo has sold more than 33 million copies of the game, making it the best-selling Animal Crossing game to date.

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