How to Swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons might end up mirroring its mechanic counterpart in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Thanks to a new free update announced by Nintendo on June 25, Animal Crossing players are digging out their wet suits in preparation of returning to the ocean. On July 3, New Horizons players can treat themselves to splash much like they did in the previous game, opening themselves up to a brand new world under the sea.
How to Swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
In New Leaf, players had the option to travel to a remote island and mine it for resources like unique bugs, fish, and fruit. While they were there, they could purchase a wet suit from the local gift shop and use it to plunge headfirst into the ocean.
This is where the dive mechanic came in. While swimming, players would notice shadows lurking just beneath the surface of water—like fishing. Diving down on top of these shadows was the only way to retrieve these items.
Diving allowed players to catch and later donate ocean wildlife that had previously been thought unavailable, e. g.: the sea star.
It appears that Nintendo has simply streamlined and re-skinned the function. You're already on an island, after all. Instead of needing to don a wetsuit in order to dive, it appears that any kind of swimsuit or water-wear will do. All players need to do is take a running leap off their shoreline jetty.
It's unclear whether more stipulations are included in this function. We likely won't find out until the update goes live later this week.