Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update Reveals Swimming, New Furniture

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will receive its first summer update July 3.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons will receive its first summer update July 3. / Courtesy of Nintendo

Animal Crossing: New Horizons announced its first summer update Thursday, revealing new activities and items coming to the game July 3.

A trailer for the update shows players jumping into the water around their islands and swimming freely. Players can also dive under the water to pick up shells and other sea creatures, which can in turn be displayed in the museum.

How to Swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The actual mechanics of swimming in New Horizon haven't been detailed, but the trailer shows a player leaping straight from the shore into the water without any transition, indicating swimming will be as simple as walking.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons New Encounters

Two new encounters appear in the trailer, one with Pascal the nomadic otter and another with Gulliver the sailor, who is now dressed as a pirate. Pascal will teach the player new DIY recipes, including mermaid-themed furniture.

Nintendo also announced a second update would arrive in early August.