Are you getting your island ready for the Animal Crossing: New Horizons update?
It’s been about a year since my last visit Egg, my Animal Crossing Island: New Horizons. I’ve played Animal Crossing: New Leaf a lot, so I knew what to expect when I restarted it, after the very busy Animal Crossing Direct recently: weeds everywhere, cockroaches in my house and villagers more. disappointed in me than my dad when he found out I wanted to be a games reporter.
“Good, good, good,” they would say. “Look who crawled back after months. We thought you were dead! I don’t blame them for blaming me, because after all, I’m the only one who can decorate the island and make decisions.
Rex has been wanting to move for ages, but apparently he needs my authorization to do so. Sherb picked up some trash he wanted to dump on me. The Lost and Found is full of things that only I can claim. KK Slider performed in front of a crowd of people, and Gulliver is probably dead.
Well, I’m back now, and only because I’ve finally been wowed by some new content. I am a huge Brewster fan, although I have never had coffee in my LIFE; adding farming and cooking will give me a huge amount of things to do in the game beyond decorating; and I am also intrigued by the islands of Kapp’n, although they seem quite similar to the existing desert islands, with just a little more flora and fauna.
Corn my the island fills me with despair. I’ve spent so much time terraforming, renovating, planning, and building, but once all of that is done, well … it’s not so much fun anymore. I have a handful of options left, and I don’t like any of them …
First option: start over
You know that feeling when you record an essay you’ve been working on all day and the file gets corrupted? The thought of redoing everything is enough to make you sick. Well, that’s kind of what it would be like to start over.
I will not lie, I really like the idea of being detached from what I have already done, and able to create something new; a big part of the reason my island bores me is because everything’s already done. There are very few new things, and the areas I spent so long creating are painful to dismantle. It is much easier to buuuurn alllll dooooown.
But … then I think about my DIY Ironwood recipes. My furniture for special events. My outfits. My complete museum. All that, I like to have them. I love that I can dig through my bulging storage boxes to suit any decorating ideas I have. I don’t want to start over, especially because it will be MUCH harder to gather all the necessary items now that none of my friends are playing the game!
I do not want to to lose Egg. I like the egg. It represents all the work I put into it, and I would be sad to lose all of it. But it’s also an albatross around my neck, pulling me down. Maybe I should just break free.
Option 2: Renovate the island
This option is probably the one with the best ease / reward ratio, and what I’ve seen a few people do on social media. I can keep all my things, but I choose a few “sections” of my island to redo. I already have two in mind: the cemetery, which is cool, but a little mechanically unnecessary, and the outdoor pizzeria, which is cute in theory, but no one ever uses it.
I could even – as some of my friends did – terraform everything down to a flat island and redecorate with new ideas. This is the ideal scenario, if only I had the time – I could build cafes, restaurants and playgrounds, and with the update … they would actually be usable.
However, I know how much work that would be. Terraforming in-game is painful, and I don’t miss it. Having to go back and forth with my little inventory to put things away also feels like a nightmare, like trying to do grocery shopping one item at a time. No thanks. There’s the new storage shed, of course, that might help … but I’d have to find it and buy it first.
And apparently I forgot all the controls, which makes the redecorating a bit tricky. Exploring the other day, it took me ten minutes to get a ground pattern back to where it was, after accidentally erasing it. At the best of times, it’s hard to get ACNH to do what you want. It’s almost impossible when you can’t remember how to do things.
Plus, my island was designed on purpose to have things exactly where I want them, and if I rearranged this space for a farm or gyroid choir, it might not be where I really want it. The graveyard, for example, is hidden at the top left, and my Gyroids deserve better than that, right? [How about getting the gyroids in the sea where they belong? – Ed]
Third option: live with it
If I really don’t feel like redecorating or creating a new space, I could always just … live with the things I created. I know the sunk cost fallacy tells me I can’t destroy the things I’ve spent so long making, which is silly, but also … I have a looooot less time now to play ACNH than when it was released. When it came out I was working 4 day weeks! And I was stuck inside! It was a melee, really.
I guess I could just face it and accept the fact that I’ll never be one of those “aesthetic” people from Animal Crossing. Sigh.
Maybe I could hire Resetti to raze the whole place overnight … Maybe there could be a terrible storm, and everything except the buildings could be carried away in the ocean, ridding me of all responsibility.
But the thing is. The. Thing. East. All these are exhausting to some extent. I don’t want to be too demanding here, but … I wish there was an option to start over and keep all.
Maybe I could hire Resetti to shave the whole place down overnight, and all of my decorations could be automatically put back in stock. Maybe there could be a terrible storm, and everything except buildings could just be carried away in the ocean, ridding me of all responsibility.
Or even, at this point, just a trash can. A trash can where I can put all my unnecessary crafts. PLEASE.
There may be a Option four: denial. I could just refuse to recognize my island and dive into the Happy Home Paradise DLC content instead, decorate islands and other characters’ homes, and live vicariously through them. Who knows, it might even rekindle my desire to renovate my own island!
There is no one right answer, however. Each option is a bit of work at best, and a parcel from work to worst. And, well, games shouldn’t really feel like work (unless you want to). But tell me … what’s your plan? Have you already started? How is it going? And what does it take I to do?
We’ll all find out what we’re made of when the update releases on November 5, but for now, tell me about your experience dusting your village off in the comments!