It’s official. South Africa will soon be on lockdown. However, for a while now, many of us (locally and around the world) have already been in self-imposed isolation or at least doing our best to avoid other people. And last week Friday, just when things were looking pretty grim – Nintendo released their latest Animal Crossing iteration, New Horizons. It’s received almost unanimously positive reviews. However, what’s really struck a chord with many is how the happy, bright life-sim with an enjoyable and stressless loop is seemingly the perfect balm to ease anxiety-over-Coronavirus-filled minds. And people have responded with their wallets…
According to 4gamer (via NintendoLife), the title has just enjoyed the biggest opening weekend of any Switch title in Japan. And while the series has always been popular there it’s not the only place. Gamesindustry.biz, for example, has pointed out that the game is doing extremely well in the UK. As per the article:
[Animal Crossing: New Horizons]…has sold more copies in its first week on sale than the launch sales of all previous Animal Crossing games combined, including the spin-offs. The launch is 3.5 times bigger than the last game in the series, 2013’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf.Christopher Dring writing for gamesindustry.biz
However, despite the slight ‘positive’ that has come for this game from people staying at home and using it as a distraction, the pandemic is likely to rear its ugly head and will still likely have a negative effect on future updates (as became apparent when AC:NH’s director, Aya Kyogoku, and it’s producer, Hisashi Nogami recently spoke to the Washington Post). During the discussion Kyogoku explained:
Development for these updates “is still going,” Kyogoku said, but the team may need to adjust internally moving forward should the coronavirus crisis worsen.Aya Kyogoky speaking to Elise Favis (The Washington Post)
However, for now, let’s keep positive. And while we can’t meet up in person – let’s take a trip to the ‘islands’ for some fun fishing, farming and general peacefulness.