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Nintendo Announces Animal Crossing: New Horizons First Paid DLC

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As part of the recent Animal Crossing Direct, Nintendo has announced that Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be getting its first paid DLC.

The first paid DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been announced. Titled "Happy Home Paradise," this new expansion appears to be a new take on the spin-off game Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer that released in 2015. Instead of a new game this time, the DLC will be an expansion to New Horizons, and will integrate certain features into the main game.

To access the DLC, players will head on over to their island's airport and ask to "go to work." This transports the player to an archipelago, where they'll join the Paradise Planning team in building resort homes for clients. Players will be in charge of designing vacation homes for villagers, coordinating their new lifestyle based on their requests and requirements. Both the interior and exterior of the vacation homes can be customized, and once the preferred items have been added, players are free to suggest new furniture and items be added to the homes.

The DLC will add a lot of new features to the game, including partition walls, counters, pillars, soundscapes - all of which can be carried over to the main game and island. There will also be the chance to design facilities, such as schools, hospitals, and restaurants which will be occupied and used by the resort visitors. After completing a job well done, players will earn Poki, a new currency exclusive to the resort, which can be spent on special items unable to be obtained anywhere else.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC Cost and Release Date

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Happy Home Paradise DLC will release on Nov. 5, 2021 and will remain exclusive to Nintendo Switch. The DLC is set to cost $25.99 and will be available to pre-order on Oct. 29.

This paid DLC will also be included for subscribers of the new Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack membership, at no additional cost. The base game will be needed, though, in order to take full advantage of the DLC.