Animal Crossing: New Horizons can bring up to eight people together.
Aya Kyogoku and Hisashi Nogami of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons development team revealed a few more details about how couch co-op and online multiplayer will work in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in an interview with IGN at E3.
The New Horizons demo on Nintendo Treehouse live stream showed Kyogoku and Nogami playing local multiplayer, each of them using a single Joy-Con to play. They revealed during the stream that up to four players could play this way and then confirmed to IGN that they’ll all be playing on a single screen, not split-screen.
Then, when it comes to online and local wireless, up to eight players can be on an island. This is doubled from New Leaf’s previous 4-player limit. And though there is a travel theme to New Horizons, Kyogoku confirmed you can’t set up a tent on a friend’s island. However, Kyogoku told IGN you can make up to eight playable accounts on one Nintendo Switch and they will be able to live on the same island. You cannot have multiple islands, however.
As far as voice chat goes, Kyogoku said the Nintendo Switch Online app should be compatible for Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Kyogoku and Nogami also confirmed that Isabelle will be in New Horizons, but you’ll have to earn her presence. For even more information on New Horizons, be sure to read about New Horizon’s delayed release and the breakdown of everything revealed during the Nintendo Treehouse live stream.
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