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Animal Crossing players prepping impressive farms ahead of 2.0 update

These players are ready to eat their veggies

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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.

Goodbye, pumpkin-only farms. Animal Crossing: New Horizons players have been eager to grow a plethora of veggies on their islands, and come Nov. 5, new crops will arrive. In anticipation, plenty of New Horizons players have already prepped impressive gardens and farms to make space for the new crops.

For a lot of New Horizons players, the major 2.0 update — which adds Brewster, cooking, and a paid DLC, among lots more — inspired players to pick up their Switches again and return back to their islands. With islands long abandoned after New Horizons’ intense moment passed, people have a lot of work to do to get ready. The biggest thing to prep for is new crops: potatoes, wheat, sugarcane, carrots, and tomatoes. These’ll take up precious island space, but players seem eager to fill their island to the brim with veggies.

The Nov. 5 update is still a few weeks away, but lots of players have already cleared space and created renewed, impressive farm plots. It’s not necessarily, surprised: Plenty of New Horizons players simply love to build, and have done similar work in preparation for the pumpkin update. But the increased number of crops means even more reno.

And it’s not only dirt and fences that players are plopping down. Using items already available, players have created elaborate, cozy setups for farms both small and large. Pillows are now seed bags, as seen below.

Impressive use of silos, panels, and booths create the illusion of a massive red barn with a chicken coop outside.

Rows of golden roses line pathways for massive farm operations.

Mushrooms, pumpkins, flowers, and dropped honeycombs create impeccable vibes.

Naturally, players are making custom veggie signposts to label plots, too. This Reddit user was kind enough to share their creator code for others to easily find and download, too.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons major new update is scheduled for Nov. 5. Alongside the free update, Nintendo will release a paid DLC called Happy Home Paradise, which brings players to work as an interior designer at a vacation resort. The premium update is $24.99 on its own, but players can also gain access with a Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription service. That’s $49.99 with an individual membership, or $79.99 with a family subscription.

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