Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Everything We Know About Happy Home Paradise DLC

None of us could have predicted it, well, okay, one of us could, but Happy Home Designer, the 3DS spinoff game that reduced Animal Crossing to just home decor mechanics, will be added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Called “Happy home paradise“, this paid DLC is basically a spinoff of a spinoff, adding a ton of new content, mechanics, and characters to the game, along with the free Version 2.0 update (if you want to know what’s included in that, check out our abstract!).

Here’s everything we know so far …

The basics

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Happy Home Paradise is an add-on to the main game that makes you work at a resort that offers vacation homes to allegedly loaded clients. Villagers will have specific requests, just like Happy Home Designer, they will have furniture that they want to include in the design, or maybe a general theme that they would like to see, but it is largely up to you, the designer, to be creative.

Also like Happy Home Designer, there are tons of different plots to place the vacation homes, ranging from sunny beaches to autumn mountain ranges and snowy forests. You can also change the season!

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As you play, you will unlock more design options, which in turn can be used at home. Villagers on your island can also request your services for their houses …

Importantly, if you purchase the DLC through the Nintendo Switch Online subscription and then cancel the subscription for any reason, you will not lose access to the new furniture, partition walls, lighting, soundscapes, and counters. However, you will no longer be able to visit the archipelago, but re-subscribing or purchasing the DLC separately will grant you access again.

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Here are the brass studs for you:

  • Pre-orders for the DLC begin on October 29
  • The release date is November 5, same as the free update.
  • The DLC will only cost $ 24.99 / € 24.99 / £ 22.49
  • The DLC will be included with the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, which also gives you access to the N64 and Mega Drive (Genesis) games, and costs $ 49.99 / € 39.99 / £ 34.99 per year, or $ 79 .99 / € 69.99 / £ 59.99 for the Family Pass
  • You will be able to access Happy Home Paradise content through the airport, telling Orville that you “want to go to work.”
  • It is completely optional!

New content

Happy Home Paradise focuses on creating beautiful light-themed vacation homes for characters looking for something specific. To that end, there are a ton of new things to discover:

New characters

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Wendell the Walrus appears to have a distant cousin: Wardell the Manatee, who appears to run the store within the Happy Home Paradise headquarters. He is adorable and we love him.

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There’s also Niko, the cute little monkey who’s wearing the HHP uniform, so we’re assuming he’s helping Lottie too.

Design of outdoor spaces

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Like Happy Home Designer, HHP will allow you to decorate your clients’ gardens. You can place virtually any piece of furniture outside and fence a small front yard as well.

Design facilities

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Again, just like Happy Home Designer (sorry, let’s say that a lot), you can design facilities – schools, theaters, restaurants, and more – that will come to life as your villagers perform various jobs within them. presumably dictated by the items you add to the rooms. How cool is that?

Change the weather, season, and time of day

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Your house looks nice, but it would look prettier in spring, don’t you think? Or maybe a nice summer sunset? Your wish is the command of Happy Home Paradise, since you can change the time of day and the season to better show off your work.

Embiggen Rooms

You can resize your clients’ houses (within reason) to suit your grand designs. You’d think everyone would want the biggest house, but no. Sometimes small is cute!

Partition walls, counters and pillars

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This one will make some of you feel weak in the knees – partition walls can be added to divide large rooms into mini rooms; the height of the counter can be changed; and the pillars are completely aesthetic, but they do divide the room a bit in interesting visual ways.

Light levels and soundscapes

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If it’s more of a ~ vibe ~ with a design you’re after, try lowering the light level, making it a little softer and warmer, and setting up some ambient sound.

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Admittedly, this one is a bit strange. You can “polish” practically all furniture, which will sometimes give it an additional effect. The trailer showed shiny furniture and butterflies flying around certain things, like plants.

Earn and spend Poki

You will be paid for home decorating work at Poki, which can only be spent at the Happy Home store. Honestly, it seems a bit like a scrip to us, but the furniture you can buy with Poki is “rare” so we can probably overlook it this time. We really hope Wardell and Lottie aren’t in the league to be exploitative bosses.

Take the new content home

Once you’ve remodeled enough houses, you can bring all that new furniture and things to your island, where you can use them in your homes, and even …

Remodel the homes of your island villagers

… other people’s homes. Once you are a reputable designer, your villagers may finally realize that they have horrible taste and ask for your help. WELL.

Series 5 amiibo cards

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Series 5 will add 48 new amiibo cards, including … new villagers! And some returning ones that we haven’t seen in a while, or were previously only in the Japanese Animal Crossing games (in bold font). Let’s list them:

  • Sasha (bunny)
  • Ione (squirrel)
  • Tiansheng (monkey)
  • Shino (antelope)
  • Marlo (hamster)
  • Petri (mouse)
  • Cephalobot (Robot / Octopus)
  • Quinn (eagle)
  • Chabwick (penguin)
  • Zoe (anteater)
  • Ace (bird)
  • Rio (ostrich)
  • Frett (dog)
  • Azalea (rhinoceros)
  • Roswell (crocodile)
  • Faith (Koala)

So there it is! The first paid DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Lots of content for only $ 25, but maybe not what everyone expected! Let us know your thoughts in the usual place.