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Everything you need to know about the Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer update

A good way to round out the summer

Nintendo has just released their plans for the second wave of the summer update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons! The second wave update comes out July 30 and introduces a few more attractions for the summer, the most notable development being that Isabelle can now go OUTSIDE!?  I know it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but Isabelle had a bigger role in previous Animal Crossing games, so her being relegated to a desk seemed like too much of a downgrade.

Isabelle controversy aside, now you can watch fireworks shows every Sunday throughout August! Nothing like watching fireworks alongside your best virtual buds to combat the sadness from not being able to do it with your real buds. The show isn’t just left to a preset design either: you can create your own custom fireworks. It is your island after all. You’ll also get sparklers too, so you can keep the party going even after the fireworks end.

It looks like Redd will also make an appearance – finally. Redd will be hosting Redd’s Raffle held right outside resident services – much to Tom Nook’s chagrin, I imagine. I wonder if he’ll try to scam any of us more than he already has. It’s bad enough that he doesn’t even show up half the time.

Has anyone else only seen Redd once??? from AnimalCrossing

We’ve also now unlocked the ability to see Luna, giving us access to dream islands, like in previous Animal Crossing games. Luna lets you visit other islands from around the world, walking around and talking to the residents of that island. You can also put your own island up for dream walking, if you want to make the rest of us jealous.

Oh yeah, and the biggest update for those of you that have been asking since release: you will finally be able to backup and restore your islands. I know many people have been asking for this, and it’s always nice to have that peace of mind. That little feature is also available July 30.

I should mention that this doesn’t mean that you can transfer your island between consoles. As of yet we don’t have a confirmed date on when that feature will be available. Now, I know that a ton of you bought the Animal Crossing Switch and want to transfer your save. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

And that’s it for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer update. Nintendo was sure to let us know when to expect the next update, though. It looks like we’ll be expecting a Halloween update this fall, just in time for spooky season on our islands. I wonder if Halloween will turn dream islands into nightmare islands?

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Kevin Dewan

Writer for SQUAD, runs after things a lot. Won't BM you to your face. Okay with losing as long as it's funny.
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