Down on the farm.
Nintendo hosted a mid-October Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, and it showcases the Version 2.0 update, which will be the final major free content update.
Among a slew of updates that include the grand opening of Brewster’s cafe, The Roost, New Horizons is getting even more features that make it resemble its biggest competition: Stardew Valley.
Stardew Valley is a pixelated farming and life simulator with similarly chill vibes but more immersive and realistic customization options.
Finally, we can grow vegetables like tomatoes and wheat and “combine” them via new DIY recipes to cook food.
After harvesting your crops, it’s time to cook.
Now you got yourself a stew going!
It makes sense that vegetable farming and cooking would come in the same update that lets you sip coffee with your favorite pigeon.
New Horizons has always been about building a community, but when you can grow your own food and share a cup of java with friends, things start to feel more realistic.
But the New Horizons Version 2.0 update is full of new features that are uniquely Animal Crossing.
The ferry operator turtle Kapp’n will offer boat tours, serenading you with sea shanties on the way to mysterious new islands.
Optional stretching exercises in your town square also makes for chill vibes — and a novel way to use your Joy-Cons while playing.
Even K.K. Slider gets an update: He’ll have more tunes and concerts in Version 2.0.
Speaking of music, Giroids will also play a much bigger role, offering quirky sounds for your humble abode.
Between all of that, new DIY recipes, and a slew of deeper customization options, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting better and better with the Version 2.0 update.
Among many quality-of-life improvements, however, the seemingly Stardew Valley-inspired improvements to farming and cooking are by far the real highlight of Version 2.0.