Nintendo has promised an Animal Crossing game for mobile devices, but it has taken much longer than anticipated to deliver the game. Tonight they have finally revealed exactly what we can expect when the game launches.
In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp you’ll become a campsite manager. You’ll earn materials to decorate furniture. You’ll be able to visit different areas to collect materials. In Breezy Hollow you’ll be able to shake trees to grab fruit. Trade with a local for other materials, like cotton. This will allow you place an order with Cyrus to craft new furniture pieces. If you place an animal’s favorite piece of furniture they might come to visit your campsite. It’s great that you can finally decorate outside, quite different from the normal confinements of your house.
You can earn Leaf Tickets with regular gameplay or purchase them with real money. They’re very useful because they’ll let you substitute materials, kind of like a wild card. As you go to new areas the animals will ask for specific items for trade, so you can earn new crafting materials. There are a total of four different areas to visit and you can even go fishing! You can even grab a net to throw into the ocean and grab multiple fish at once.
Time will pass in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp in real-time, just like the other games. You’ll be able to visit a shopping area where you can purchase items that can’t be crafted – like new clothes and other items. Your camper is your tiny home that can be decorated with furniture as well. You can even customize the exterior of your camper!
You can share your ID with a real-life friend so you can meet up in your game. You can exchange Bells for their fish and other items. You can even check out their campsite for some decorating ideas. As usual your Villager’s looks can be customized to your liking. Some new projects can take a long time to create (the pool showed 72 hours). You can speed this up if you want to spend Leaf Tickets. You can earn more of these tickets by completing specific tasks and goals.
Just like the console games, real events take place and seasons change. Specific items will only be able to be purchased for a limited time. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is arriving late November for iOS and Android! It’s looking more fully featured than I thought it would, which is a good thing! This should keep us busy until the next iteration hopefully comes to the Nintendo Switch.
The next time you go camping, make sure to bring all the essentials: a tent, a sleeping bag, s’mores and, of course, the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp game. One of Nintendo’s most enduring franchises, Animal Crossing allows players to live a whimsical life as they interact with a wide range of other animal characters brimming with personality, decorate and expand their home, and learn more about the community they are part of. In the first Animal Crossing game for mobile devices, you can interact with animal friends, craft furniture items and gather resources while managing a campsite. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp launches on iOS- and Android-compatible mobile devices in late November.
“As our past mobile games have proved, we love taking established and well-loved franchises and transforming them for the ways players use their devices,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is great for newcomers to the series as well as longtime fans, and ideal for people playing on a mobile device.”
Some of the highlights include the following:
- Manage Your Manager: When you start a new game in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you will be asked to create your personalized campsite manager avatar – your character in the game. You can choose to be a girl or a boy, and customize things like skin color, hair color and eye color. Whatever suits you!
- Arts & Crafts: By gathering resources like fruit and wood, you can craft items for your campsite. These include furniture and decorative items, like couches and benches, as well as baskets and plants. To craft items, just speak to classic Animal Crossing villager Cyrus to put in an order. After the item is finished, you can place it around your campsite or decorate the interior of your camper.
- Leaf Tickets: Leaf Tickets can be earned through regular gameplay or purchased using real-world money, and can be used in a variety of ways in the game. For example, they can be used to shorten the time needed to craft items, more easily acquire materials or acquire unique camper exterior designs.
- Friendship Level: In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, you can chat with your animal friends or fulfill their requests to raise your friendship level. If you level up your friendship or decorate your campsite with an animal’s favorite items, she or he might pay you a visit.
- BHFF (Best Human Friends Forever): Not all of your friends in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have fur or feathers. You can send your in-game Player ID to real-life friends who also own the game to have them visit your campsite. Random player avatars will also visit the campsite from time to time. Once someone visits, you can exchange your Bells for items saved in the Market Box.
- Tick Tock: Similar to past Animal Crossing games, time passes in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp just like in real life! As morning, day, evening and night pass, the scenery in the game will change and different animal friends might show up.
- Area Map: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is full of places to visit and explore. In addition to your campsite, you can travel in your camper to a beach, a forest, a river and an island.
- Market Place: The go-to spot for shopaholics, Market Place is full of stores run by familiar Animal Crossing characters like Timmy, Tommy and the Able Sisters. The various shops in Market Place offer things like furniture and clothing items. The selection at each shop rotates, so don’t be a stranger!
- OK Motors: Remember that camper that was mentioned a few bullets back? It’s not used to just travel between locations in the game. By visiting the OK Motors store, you can acquire things to customize your camper, including furniture to fill the interior and paint to decorate the exterior. It’s like those tiny homes that are all the rage … but with wheels!
- Expanding Camp Life: In addition to all the fun things you can do in the game, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will eventually offer seasonal events to keep the experience fresh and surprising, as well as limited-time furniture and outfit options through game updates. These events and updates will begin rolling out after launch.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will launch for free on iOS and Android mobile devices in late November. For more information about the game, visit https://ac-pocketcamp.com.