>became the bestselling game in the franchise. >but was never actually finished

>became the bestselling game in the franchise
>but was never actually finished
>you can tell by looking through datamines of earlier versions that most of what got added in 2.0 should've been added much earlier and wasn't implemented the way it was originally intended, see all the other shops being haphazardly tacked on harvey's island for example
>developers completely abandoned it, straight up saying they would, to go back to working on a series they actually care about (splatoon)
>said series outdoes its opening week
>fucking POCKET CAMP outlived it
>after amiibo festival nintendo doesn't want to touch the idea of spin-offs with a 10-foot pole
Genuinely, what's next for Animal Crossing? Because it's not looking great.

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know how they managed to fuck up the most important part of the franchise: the animals. They no longer hold interesting conversations, play hide and seek or have anything close to a personality.
    >developers completely abandoned it, straight up saying they would, to go back to working on a series they actually care about (splatoon)
    do you have a source? I've seen this claim a lot on here but I'm too lazy to verify. That might explain why it feels so souless, the devs apparently see this as a side project

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/comments/ma3z1c/how_many_staff_is_shared_between_splatoon_and/
      I know,
      >reddit
      But this is the best source that clearly shows who is shared between the series, though it's a bit outdated since it's comparing New Horizons to Splatoon 2 and not 3. Most of them are artists, but visual design is extremely important to Animal Crossing.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      People will buy it just because it is Nintendo.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The dialogue and soul of the villagers in past games was always a bit overstated, but NH definitely fucked them up a lot more than ever before.
      >NL dialogue was already less interesting than some previous games, but NH made it even worse
      >add contextual dialogue so they'll talk about furniture and things nearby for more variety
      >ends up poorly tuned and that's ALL they talk about
      >constant repeat comment on the nearby bench or their dresser before anything else
      >holiday comment dialogue put on max priority so they just repeat the sentence about it for like 2 weeks leading up to the holiday
      >barely ever ask you for jobs, especially when it's buried under contextual and holiday dialogue
      >give them ability to interact with more things and more cute animations
      >ends up poorly tuned, so all they do is sit on the ground under trees and never actually use the outdoor furniture, one of the major features of NH

      They really fucked up most aspects of villager interaction, while otherwise entirely focusing on decorating aspects. Even hardcore people I know who said they loved the game with 1000+ hours despite all the shitty aspects told me they never talked to their villagers past the first couple weeks, unlike all previous games. It was entirely a decorating autism simulator and had nothing else worth doing.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I stopped playing New Horizons because the villagers are shit. If I'm expected to check twice a day for turnip prices and DIY gacha then at least give me variety when talking to villagers along the way.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >i dont know how
      no, i dont want to see this shit when we discuss new horizons
      everyone knows how this happened
      >director who was passionate about the series left
      >responsibility handed over to a woman, who was also in charge of happy home designer
      >game goes from "arriving at a deserted island and turning it into a settlement" to "doll house simulator" because that is literally what happy home designer was all about, which is why it never sold as much as new leaf
      >even with such an abysmal post-launch support, gays kept defending the laziness with their incredibly retarded "it helped us all through pandemic" excuse (it is a fucking videogame not your fucking pandemic relief program you moronlovingchudgays)
      and now you see these same retarded cunts talk about how nintendo abandoned this game and how they miss playing it and how they want another update and how the mods are keeping it alive and how NOW they suddenly prefer life sim over dollhouse decoration
      FUCK THEM i hope this game never gets any updates and the next one is even more lazy than this overrated trash

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I remember buying Happy Home since I was enjoying NL and AC in general so much at the time, and I thought it was such a waste of money for that being all it was.

        Happy Home shit becoming the focus of the series is such a disappointment. I was even more disappointed when they announced the DLC and I thought maybe it had a slight chance to redeem the game, and no it's literally just Happy Home mode added to the game. Fuck.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >hey no longer hold interesting conversations, play hide and seek or have anything close to a personality.
      I could never put my finger on exactly why I got so bored of New Horizons so fast, but this hit the nail on the head. New Leaf was my first AC game and the villagers were a lot of fun to interact with, one even buried a time capsule with me. There was nothing even close to that in NH.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The dialogue and soul of the villagers in past games was always a bit overstated, but NH definitely fucked them up a lot more than ever before.
      >NL dialogue was already less interesting than some previous games, but NH made it even worse
      >add contextual dialogue so they'll talk about furniture and things nearby for more variety
      >ends up poorly tuned and that's ALL they talk about
      >constant repeat comment on the nearby bench or their dresser before anything else
      >holiday comment dialogue put on max priority so they just repeat the sentence about it for like 2 weeks leading up to the holiday
      >barely ever ask you for jobs, especially when it's buried under contextual and holiday dialogue
      >give them ability to interact with more things and more cute animations
      >ends up poorly tuned, so all they do is sit on the ground under trees and never actually use the outdoor furniture, one of the major features of NH

      They really fucked up most aspects of villager interaction, while otherwise entirely focusing on decorating aspects. Even hardcore people I know who said they loved the game with 1000+ hours despite all the shitty aspects told me they never talked to their villagers past the first couple weeks, unlike all previous games. It was entirely a decorating autism simulator and had nothing else worth doing.

      >hey no longer hold interesting conversations, play hide and seek or have anything close to a personality.
      I could never put my finger on exactly why I got so bored of New Horizons so fast, but this hit the nail on the head. New Leaf was my first AC game and the villagers were a lot of fun to interact with, one even buried a time capsule with me. There was nothing even close to that in NH.

      The sad part is that New Horizons does have a decent handful of good villager dialogue that actually spans more than two text boxes (More than I can say for the majority of City Folk and New Leaf) when you have a high friendship level with them, but it's buried through the awful early friendship level nothing-dialogue and there's zero incentive to talk to villagers now, so most people never get to see it.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You talk down about New Leaf, but I really liked interacting with the villagers. I dunno what it was, it's been a long time since I played, maybe they just gave more incentives for talking to them? All I know is I remember looking forward to meeting villagers and talking to them in New Leaf but I didn't feel that same compulsion at all in New Horizons. All my villagers were ones I was unfamiliar with, so I should have liked meeting them like in New Leaf but I just didn't at all.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >maybe they just gave more incentives for talking to them?
          Not really, hell there's more incentive in NH if anything.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    "A rushed game is forever bad, but it still sells like a complete game".
    - Shigeru Miyamoto

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I hadn't played any since the GCN AC, which I got stupidly addicted to as a kid. I was pretty disappointed that the game hasn't really changed much. You think after all these years they could take the premise of living in a town full of animals and make something a bit more advanced than an old n64 game but with cliff digging. The fact that people were getting exited about being able to put furniture outside really shows how low the bar is set.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I'd like for the next game to do something really different for once. Change the perspective to third person with a free camera and make the scale of the world more like that of the movie or the Mario Kart track. Put more emphasis on the actual characters and less on customization, something closer to series' original vision. A lot of longtime series mechanics would have to be completely changed or removed, but I think it's worth the risk. Besides, it'd be stupid to have two HD games in the series that play near-identically.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Put more emphasis on the actual characters and less on customization,
        You realise the customization was the main point right?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It was part of it, but it hadn't taken priority over every other aspect like it does now. The N64 game didn't even have custom designs.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Put more emphasis on the actual characters and less on customization,
            You realise the customization was the main point right?

            AC now resembles the Sims more than it does GCN AC or Wild World. The most unique thing they've done outside of make you the mayor is to make you the ALMIGHTY ISLAND GOD. dunno what other direction they can go besides injecting every villager full of personality steroids

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              >AC now resembles the Sims more than it does GCN AC or Wild World
              Not really. For one you aren't playing a disembodied entity.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Customization can stay. Its already built. Why throw it away? What we need is a system for villagers to interact with furniture and each other. Problem is Nintendo doesn't want villagers to be mean because Japanese kids are special snowflakes.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Literally just play Dreamlight Valley

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I boycott Disney. I don't even pirate their stuff. I want Disney to be forgotten by history because they are groomers.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I'm sure Disney misses your 1 sale very much, anon

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            You should be hating Disney for producing terrible movies and shows. Not because of allegations you heard regurgitated by your favorite youtuber or Fox News.

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Nta, I don't watch Fox, hate rightoids and leftoids, but just look at how Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, and Selena Gomez came out. Also the fact that Jon Lasseter literally had an assistant hired by Disney to remind him not to molest employees.

              • 2 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Jon Lasseter literally had an assistant hired by Disney to remind him not to molest employees.
                That sounds like something you'd see in an episode of family guy or something lmao

            • 2 months ago
              Anonymous

              Disney making shit shows I already know.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          yeah, honestly this looks a lot of fun
          plus its going to be free to play later

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Series needs to be a life sim again instead of a dollhouse sim. Simple as. I personally want them to break the mold and start over as
        said

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    My dream is Animal Crossing 1 remake/redux/whatever.
    Of course, such a thing could never happen, but the dreams persist.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Even if you got that, it would still have the dumbed down villager dialogue

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    don't worry, nogami is now in the process of ruining splatoon like he did w/ animal crossing

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Ironic how the best selling AC game is also the worst one.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The N64 game isn't the best selling game anon.

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nintendo needs to stop being cheap garden gnomes and expand their teams.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Animal crossing isn't a once a year thing. You get one per console and that's it.

    Booting it up last week I kinda wished they added more new stuff.

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >whats next
    radio silence for the next 5-8 years and we get another half assed trash that sells millions because retards never learn
    i honestly dont know what else to say. every time you try to give valid criticism of any game these days, corporate bootlickers come ganging up in droves as if you misgendered them

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >launch missing a ton of features compared to new leaf
    >takes them over a year to patch most of it back in
    >make holidays total shit and require an update (not even a time travel complaint, just retarded that basic content isn't on the cart at base)
    >ran the game like a live service/mobile game, but without half as much content or stuff to keep you playing in the monthly updates
    >game doesn't even try at the life sim aspects and just leans into decorating like a dollhouse sim
    >dlc comes out and it's still just even more decorating and nothing else

    Seems like most people who cared more about the life sim stuff were disappointed(me) but the people who could enjoy just the decorating side alone had no problem just using the game as a vehicle to make cute instagram/twitter posts of their layouts. Decorating wasn't all the game was about for me, so I dropped it after not too long.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I was so disappointed in the game and the dlc. No fixes to the animals, nothing to make you feel like you're living in a little community, Kapp'n's islands are just the already boring and tiny Dodo islands with a few extra bells and whistles. The game already does decorating well but instead of fixing its problems, they just added more decorating. They put everything into decorating. Decorating shouldn't be the focus of Animal Crossing. They should've put most of their focus into making the village feel like a village and making the animals fun to interact with. They didn't even fix the frustrating crafting and add other qol. It has no substance. It's just a dollhouse game now.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    amiibo festival
    That's exactly what the problem was. They shoved New Horizons out expecting it to flop.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >They shoved New Horizons out expecting it to flop.
      No, no they didn't.

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >never added multicrafting so you still have to make bait 1 by 1
    Shit devs and a shiteater community for the people that tried to defend this game so hard upon its shit release before the devs abandoned it anyway

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >entire series is supposed to be a leisurely life sim you can take slowly and just enjoy
    >base entire entry around a shitty, half-baked and half-thought out crafting system that requires constant grinding for materials which are finite daily and make tools breakable so they're tied into this system too. If you want more materials you need to grind out nook mile points to buy nook tickets for the chance to get an island with a nice supply of the materials you're after
    what the FUCK where they thinking?

  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    No idea but I'm never buying another AC with how bad that one was

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I'll never understand why this Nintendo dev teams loves making Splatoon so much over AC

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Really? It seems like a no-brainer to me.
      >New franchise vs. something that's been around for decades
      >Squids became cultural juggernauts in Japan in less than a decade
      Those two facts alone are enough to see why they get more out of working on Splatoon than they get out of working on Animal Crossing, on a personal level. It's much more exciting at the moment.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      the simple reason is that they have much more creative freedom and a much more competent director than AC

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Nintendo has always been pretty shit about its after release game support.

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