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Nintendo’s Doug Bowser clarifies the future of Animal Crossing after E3 absence

Fans hoping for an update on Animal Crossing: New Horizons at E3 came away disappointed. Worry not, says Doug Bowser.



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Fans hoping for an update on Animal Crossing: New Horizons at E3 came away disappointed. Worry not, says Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser.

It’s fair to say that Nintendo’s showing at E3 2021 was well very received. A new Metroid game, plenty of remakes, and a brief look at the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gave most Switch owners something to look forward to.

One title that didn’t get a single mention – despite it being Nintendo’s biggest hit in years – was Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The game has received updates at regular intervals since release, and it was perhaps surprising for it not to make an E3 appearance.


In a wide-ranging interview with The Verge, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser briefly addresses the game’s absence, saying:

“While we didn’t talk about it, we absolutely have plans going forward to ensure the 33 million people who have islands out there have new and fun activities to engage with. Look for more to come.”

The most recent update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released in April, adding seasonal events like May Day and International Museum Day. Last year’s big summer update – which introduced ocean diving and sea creatures – arrived in early July.

Hopefully, our dreams of The Roost coffee shop opening up on our island will come true soon.

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