- Animal Crossing could benefit from multiplayer emotes like those found in Destiny 2, allowing players to interact and coordinate with each other.
- Giving players access to all their outfits without needing to return home, similar to Destiny 2’s menu system, would be a convenient quality-of-life feature in the next Animal Crossing game.
- Implementing seasonal challenges, like those in Destiny 2, would provide players with new tasks to work on weekly that give them exciting rewards and keep them engaged in the game.
Sometimes, inspiration can come from the strangest places, and there would be few better examples of this happening than if Animal Crossing pulled ideas from Destiny 2. With the former being a cozy title where players craft the perfect living space for themselves and some adorable animals, and the latter being a looter shooter where players kill gods and get into gunfights on several planets, it is hard to imagine Nintendo looking at Destiny 2 for inspiration. However, there are actually a few things that the next Animal Crossing can take from Destiny 2, as odd as that may seem.
Obviously, Nintendo has some more obvious ways to improve its next Animal Crossing title. Fans have suggested multiple save files, a craft all button, and a villager rework to give them deeper personalities, unique animations, and so on. Beyond this, players have pushed for certain Animal Crossing NPCs to return, bringing fresh activities along with them. Still, there are a few things that Destiny 2 does particularly well that would fit nicely in the next Animal Crossing, such as multiplayer emotes and seasonal challenges, and the next game should consider bringing them in.
How The Next Animal Crossing Game Could Take Villagers to the Next Level
Whenever the next Animal Crossing releases, it should make use of new technology to realize the full potential of its villagers.
Destiny 2’s Emotes and Challenges Would Suit Animal Crossing
Multiplayer Emotes Would Be Great Fun in Animal Crossing
Destiny 2’s Eververse store is packed with exciting cosmetics that range from gorgeous weapon ornaments to armor sets and ship designs. However, though Bungie has some fun with certain Ghost shells, projections, sparrows, where it really lets loose is with the game’s emote selection. Destiny 2 offers dozens of great emotes that feature references to popular movies, dances, and memes, as well as some fully original animations for players’ guardians. Some of the best emotes take full advantage of the title’s multiplayer focus, as they allow players to interact with each other.
Destiny 2’s multiplayer emotes see players engaging in coordinated dance moves, playing in a pool, sitting on a couch and gaming together, and so on. There are many fun animations to be found that focus on two or three players, and this is something Animal Crossing could make use of. Currently, players can pull off a number of emotes with their characters, but these only involve one player. In the next game, emotes that see players interacting with others could be added. In online play, gamers could hug, play rock paper scissors, and coordinate dance moves just like in Destiny. Even better, Nintendo could allow players to use emotes with the animal Villagers found throughout players’ towns, correcting a New Horizons complaint about there not being enough things to do with Villagers.
While Animal Crossing’s wands letting players store a handful of outfits at once is a decent compromise, giving players access to all of their attires whenever they want them would be better. Just like Destiny 2, being able to access every outfit piece from the menu (or Nookphone) without returning home would be a welcome quality-of-life feature.
Seasonal Challenges Could Shake Up The Nook Miles Hunt
Beyond just some fun emotes that increase the interactions with Villagers and other players, Destiny 2’s seasonal challenge model could be adapted to give players new tasks to work on. While the daily Nook Miles challenges are a nice stand-in for Destiny 2’s bounties, and the bigger Nook Miles tasks like catching New Horizons’ fish without making a mistake provide long-term goals, the game could use something to keep players coming back regularly instead of playing in bursts. Something like Destiny 2’s seasonal challenges could be a great way to do this, as every week, Nintendo could add 5 special tasks to complete that are somewhere in between the milestones and daily activities in terms of difficulty. Players could get a smaller reward for finishing all 5, such as Bells or extra Nook Miles, while a rare outfit piece or furniture item could be unlocked if gamers finish all the weekly challenges for the month.
Animal Crossing is a Nintendo-exclusive life sim franchise spread across numerous Nintendo consoles. Featuring anthropomorphic villagers, strong customization, and a real-time day cycle, the Animal Crossing series offer unique and varied gameplay.