Today’s Animal Crossing New Horizons direct confirmed that Brewster’s coffee shop, The Roost, is coming to islands in-game alongside new features and returning ones from previous Animal Crossing games on November 5.
Nintendo hinted that The Roost would be making its way to Animal Crossing New Horizons when it announced today’s direct a couple of weeks ago, and now Brewster’s return has been confirmed. Fans familiar with this bird’s coffee shop will recognize everything you can do in The Roost, although it does offer some fun additions.
For starters, Brewster will make you coffee as you sit at The Roost’s bar and your neighbors will join you occasionally as well. On top of that, Amiibo cards and figures can be used to invite characters to The Roost and some of them might even bring their own friends. You, online friends, residents, and Amiibo visitors alike can all enjoy the coffee shop at the same time.
Another new Animal Crossing New Horizons feature announced during today’s direct was Kapp’n, a frog that owns a boat. They’ll serenade you with sea shanties on the ocean blue as they take you to “a hidden gem only Kapp’n knows about.” At this hidden island, you might find mysterious flora, islands in different seasons of the year, environments during different times of the day, and more.
Fans of Animal Crossing New Leaf were likely surprised by what Harv’s photography island is becoming as it’s essentially taking on the central shopping hub from that 3DS title. His photography studio will still be present, but Harv is using his island to create a new plaza for new and returning characters to inhabit.
You can contribute Bells to help speed up the development of Harv’s plaza, and in no time, you’ll see people like Cryus, the furniture maker, set up shop alongside Katrina, who will reveal your fortune for the day. Other business owners showcased during the Direct include Harriet, who can give you new hairstyles that you can use back on your island, Tortimer, and more.
New Leaf fans will also be happy to see the return of Gyroids. While digging up cracks in the ground will still bring fossils to the surface sometimes, now, players might find Gyroid Fragments. Water these and let them grow overnight into Gyroids and then display them anywhere you’d like. Gyroids are strange devices that make odd noises (sometimes in tune with the music that might be playing) and come in many shapes and sizes.
One new feature that will make island living much easier is the addition of Ordinances. These allow you to control when your neighbors are out and about. For example, if you choose a morning ordinance, which would be great for someone that can only play New Horizons in the morning, your island residents will spend their time outside and awake during the morning (rather than a different time of day).
Joining Ordinances in the “new” category of announcements today is cooking. Players can now collect DIY recipes and create new ones by combining homegrown ingredients such as tomatoes, wheat, sugarcane, potatoes, carrots, and more to create delicious meals that can be displayed in kitchens, living rooms, parks, and really, wherever you’d like.
Here are some additional quick-hit announcements revealed by Nintendo today:
- Stretching sessions (it’s basically group yoga)
- New lighting and ceiling decor options that can be acquired with the Pro Decorating License
- Accent walls that can be acquired with the Pro Decorating License
- New fences, with customizable colors options, too
- Pro Camera App: the view now aligns with your villager. Plus, the camera can be placed on a tripod that allows you to perfectly capture where you want to be in-frame.
- Patterns previously used for customizing items can now be worn or used as flooring and ceiling wallpaper.
- Eleven new hairstyles added
- Eleven new reactions added
- More items added to the Nook Shop
- A Storage Shed that can be placed anywhere on the island that connects to your home’s storage
- An ATM outside of Nook’s place that can be accessed at any time
- K.K. Slider: 12 new songs have been added to New Horizons
- Ladder Kit: This allows you to permanently place ladders
- Navigation: You can now walk through tight spaces by walking sideways (think shimmying)
Even more was announced during today’s Animal Crossing New Horizons direct, too, such as the Happy Home Paradise paid DLC. Check out Game Informer’s Happy Home Paradise breakdown for more info about that, and then read about how Nintendo also announced pricing for its new Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, which includes Nintendo 64 games, Sega Genesis games, and today’s Happy Home Paradise paid DLC for Animal Crossing New Horizons. That DLC will be available for purchase separately or as part of the expansion pack on November 5.
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