- The next Animal Crossing game can build on the success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons by making Gyroids an exclusive collectible, enhancing their functionality and giving players more reason to collect them.
- Animal Crossing games have always encouraged player connectivity, and the next entry could use Gyroids as a tradable item, incentivizing players to visit each other’s islands to obtain different variants.
- By expanding the mechanics surrounding Gyroids, such as obtaining them through various methods and rewarding players for collecting different types, the next Animal Crossing game can capitalize on the popularity of these fan-favorite items.
The next Animal Crossing game will have big shoes to fill after the massive success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. However, the foundation for a new Animal Crossing game to go above and beyond its predecessor is already in place thanks to the new mechanics introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While this title launched missing several features, such as The Roost and the Dream Suite, one late addition to Animal Crossing: New Horizons could be a major selling point for the next entry in the series to capitalize on at launch.
Gyroids are a staple of the Animal Crossing franchise, with these odd little noise-makers being around since the original GameCube title. While they didn’t come to Animal Crossing: New Horizons until the November 2021 update, the game updated their functionality to allow players to turn on as many of them in their house at once as they wanted, upping the limit from four in the previous entry. To further improve the functionality of these strange items and give players more of a reason to collect them, the next Animal Crossing game could overhaul Gyroids to make them an exclusive collectible.
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The Next Animal Crossing Game Could Make Gyroids a New Sought-After Collectible
A big part of the Animal Crossing series is how the games encourage player-to-player connectivity and interaction. The ability to travel to another player’s town has been a feature of the series since the GameCube entry allowed players to visit the town of another player if a second memory card with its save data was inserted into the console. Throughout the series, players have been incentivized to visit the towns of others in order to obtain exclusive items like fruits, or even potentially convince a villager to move into their own town.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons incentivizes players to collect Gyroids by allowing them to have as many turned on in their house as they want, and provides them with the means to easily obtain new ones using the new Gyroid Fragment item, which can be buried and watered to become a Gyroid the next day. Previously, the main motivation for collecting these items had been to hear the different sounds they play when placed in the player’s house. However, the next Animal Crossing game could put a new spin on this mechanic and create a new way for players to interact with one another using Gyroids as a tradable item.
How an Animal Crossing: New Horizons Successor Could Implement Tradable, Exclusive Gyroids
While it might seem odd for items with such dark lore behind them like Gyroids to become a fun tradable item, the Animal Crossing series already has the foundation laid for this mechanic for it to be a no-brainer inclusion in the next entry. Perhaps Gyroids would function similarly to fruits with only a handful of types initially available on a player’s island, requiring them to visit other players’ islands in order to obtain all of the different variants. This mechanic could even incorporate Gyroid Fragments as the main method by which players obtain foreign Gyroids, keeping the player in suspense until they bury and water the item to see which variant they get.
Like obtaining foreign fruit in Animal Crossing, there could be other ways of obtaining different Gyroid variants, like finding Gyroid Fragments in presents dropped by balloons or having them randomly sent in letters from the player’s mom. To further incentivize their collection, players could receive rewards based on how many different types of Gyroids they’ve collected. There’s clearly a lot of room to expand the mechanics surrounding Gyroids in the Animal Crossing series, and the next entry would be smart to capitalize on these fan-favorite items.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- March 20, 2020
- Nintendo EPD
- Online Multiplayer , Local Multiplayer
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- 61 Hours