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

None of us might have predicted it — properly, okay, one of us could — however Happy Home Designer, the spin-off 3DS sport that trimmed Animal Crossing down to simply the house decor mechanic, is being added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Named “Happy Home Paradise“, this paid DLC is principally a spin-off of a spin-off, which provides a ton of latest content material, mechanics, and characters to the sport, alongside the Version 2.0 free replace (if you wish to know what’s included in that, check out our round-up!).

Here’s all the things we all know up to now…

The Basics

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Happy Home Paradise is a bolt-on to the primary sport that has you working in a resort that gives trip properties to presumably loaded clients. The villagers could have particular requests — very similar to Happy Home Designer, they will have furnishings they wish to embrace within the design, or maybe a common theme they’d wish to see — however it’s largely as much as you, the designer, to be artistic.

Also like Happy Home Designer, there are a bunch of various plots to put the holiday properties on, starting from sunny seashores, to autumnal mountain ranges, to snowy forests. You can change the season, too!

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As you play, you may unlock extra design choices, which may in flip be used again dwelling. Villagers in your island would possibly even request your providers for his or her homes, too…

Importantly, in case you purchase the DLC by way of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription, and then you definitely later cancel the subscription for any purpose, you will not lose entry to the brand new furnishings, partition partitions, lighting, soundscapes, and counters. You will not be capable to go to the archipelago any extra, although, however re-subscribing or buying the DLC individually will grant you entry once more.

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Here are the brass tacks for you:

  • Pre-orders for the DLC start on October twenty ninth
  • The launch date is the fifth November, identical because the free replace
  • The DLC alone will value $24.99 / €24,99 / £22.49
  • The DLC can be included with the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack, which additionally offers you entry to N64 and Mega Drive (Genesis) video games, and prices $49.99 / €39,99 / £34.99 for a yr, or $79.99 / €69,99 / £59.99 for the Family Pass
  • You’ll be capable to entry the Happy Home Paradise content material through the airport, by telling Orville you “want to go to work”
  • It’s utterly non-obligatory!

New Content

Happy Home Paradise is centred round creating lovely, lightly-themed trip properties for characters who’re in search of one thing particular. To that finish, there is a ton of latest stuff to find:

New Characters

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Wendell the Walrus appears to have a distant cousin: Wardell the Manatee, who seems to run the store contained in the Happy Home Paradise HQ. He’s lovely, and we love him.

There’s additionally Niko, the tiny, cute monkey who’s carrying the HHP uniform, so we assume he is serving to Lottie out, too.

Design Outdoor Spaces

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Much like Happy Home Designer, HHP will allow you to beautify the gardens of your purchasers. You can put just about any furnishings outdoors, and fence in a bit entrance yard, too.

Design Facilities

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Again, like Happy Home Designer (sorry, we’ll be saying that loads), you may design services: Schools, theatres, eating places, and extra, which can truly come to life as your villagers do numerous jobs inside them — presumably dictated by the objects you add to the rooms. How cool is that?

Change Weather, Season, and Time of Day

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Your home appears cute, however it could look cuter in Spring, do not you suppose? Or perhaps a pleasant Summer sundown? Your want is Happy Home Paradise’s command, since you may change the time of day and the season to finest showcase your handiwork.

Embiggen Rooms

You can change the scale of your purchasers’ homes (inside purpose) to fit your grand designs. You’d suppose they’d all need the largest home, however no. Sometimes small is cute!

Partition Walls, Counters, and Pillars

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This one will make a few of you weak on the knees: Partition partitions could be added to divide up giant rooms into mini-rooms; counter top could be modified; and pillars are completely aesthetic, however break up the room a bit bit in attention-grabbing visible methods.

Light Levels and Soundscapes

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If it is extra of a ~vibe~ you are going for with a design, strive reducing the sunshine degree, making it a bit softer and hotter, and organising some ambient sound.


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This one’s a bit bizarre, admittedly. You can “polish” just about each piece of furnishings, which can typically give it an additional impact. The trailer confirmed off furnishings glowing, and butterflies flying round sure issues, like crops.

Earn and Spend Poki

You’ll receives a commission in your dwelling decor work in Poki, which could be spent solely on the Happy Home store. Seems a bit like scrip to us, actually — however the furnishings you should buy with Poki is “rare”, so we are able to in all probability overlook it this one time. We simply actually hope Wardell and Lottie aren’t in league to be exploitative bosses.

Take The New Content Home With You

Once you’ve got remodelled sufficient properties, you’ll take all that furnishings and new stuff again to your island, the place you should use it in your properties, and even…

Remodel Your Island’s Villager Homes

…different individuals’s properties. Once you are a famend designer, your villagers would possibly lastly realise that they’ve terrible style, and look to you for assist. GOOD.

Series 5 amiibo Cards

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Series 5 will add 48 new amiibo playing cards, together with… new villagers! And some returning ones that we have not seen shortly, or who had been beforehand solely within the Japanese Animal Crossing video games (in daring). Let’s record 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 (Rhino)
  • Roswell (Alligator)
  • Faith (Koala)

So, there it’s! The first Animal Crossing: New Horizons Paid DLC. Quite lots of content material for simply $25 — however maybe not what everybody hoped for! Let us know your ideas within the ordinary place.


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