- Animal Crossing: New Horizons has always focused on socializing and creating a cozy life for players, but the next game could bring back the constellation creation feature to refresh nighttime activities and add another layer of ambiance.
- Constellations were introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World and players could create their own constellations by visiting Celeste at the observatory. While this feature was cut in later entries, it could easily return in the next game, even if it doesn’t have dual screens.
- Besides adding a cozy feel to nighttime gameplay, constellations could have a bigger role in the next Animal Crossing game. They could affect the fortune of players and even the mood and interactions of villagers, addressing complaints about one-note personalities.
While the core gameplay of the Animal Crossing series hasn’t changed much since the original GameCube title, the smaller features that players can take part in have varied from game to game. Even with Animal Crossing: New Horizons leaning into the creative side of the series, at its core, Animal Crossing has always been about socializing with villagers and building a cozy life for the player. However, the next Animal Crossing game could refresh the series’ side activities and liven up nighttime gameplay by bringing back the constellation creation feature from past entries.
Given the Animal Crossing series’ real-time gameplay, many players end up experiencing the majority of the game at night when they have the time to jump in for a session. As such, it would make sense that the series would offer players more activities to do at night and other ways to make nighttime gameplay more interesting. While Animal Crossing: New Horizons features things like shooting stars, rare bugs and fish, and the special character Wisp at night, the return of constellations could add another layer of nighttime ambiance while also giving players another fun daytime activity to experience.
Animal Crossing Could Refresh Nighttime Activities by Bringing Back Constellations
Constellations were introduced to the Animal Crossing series in Animal Crossing: Wild World, which allowed players to view the night sky thanks to the second screen of the Nintendo DS. This mechanic allowed players to create their own constellations by visiting Celeste at the observatory on the second floor of the museum, which could then be viewed at certain times of the year by looking at the upper screen of the DS at night. While this mechanic returned in Animal Crossing: City Folk, it has been cut from the series in entries since.
Celeste still appears in more recent entries like Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but she no longer allows players to create custom constellations. Although this mechanic was originally introduced to take advantage of the DS’ dual-screen capabilities, its presence in Animal Crossing: City Folk on the Wii shows that two screens are not a necessity. As such, the next Animal Crossing game could easily bring back constellation creation with new functionality, even if the rumored Switch 2 doesn’t feature dual screens as some have speculated.
Constellations Could Affect More than Just Nighttime in a Future Animal Crossing Game
While constellations are a fun side activity that can help add a cozier feel to nighttime gameplay, this mechanic could have a bigger role in the next Animal Crossing game if it ends up returning. One aspect of the constellation mechanic that was present in Animal Crossing: City Folk was the chance for Katrina’s fortune to include the player’s custom constellation. This small feature made the work players put into creating their constellations feel like they were actually affecting the world and not just decorating the night sky, and a similar idea could be expanded upon if the constellation mechanic returns in the next entry.
Instead of simply affecting the player’s fortune, perhaps the next Animal Crossing could feature a constellation mechanic where the mood of certain villagers is affected by which constellation is currently visible. Similar to the idea of astrology, this mechanic could consider each villager’s birthday and change the types of interactions players have with them, making some villagers more rude at certain times of the year while making other villagers more friendly and likely to give the player a random gift during other times. Not only would this give constellations more relevance, but it would also help improve player complaints about Animal Crossing villager personalities feeling too one-note.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- March 20, 2020
- Nintendo EPD
- Online Multiplayer , Local Multiplayer
- E for Everyone: Comic Mischief
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons — Happy Home Paradise
- How Long To Beat
- 61 Hours