But to be honest, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp does look pretty good. After the announcement that there’d be an Animal Crossing mobile game back in April 2016, Nintendo has been silent until now as part of a dedicated Nintendo Direct for the game. Take a look at the trailer!
The most relieving aspect of the trailer is that, yeah, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp looks like a bona fide Animal Crossing game. More of an Animal Crossing game than Amiibo Festival, that’s for sure. The worry was it’d be some kind of toned down version that would only just about be recognisable as Animal Crossing. But worry no more, this looks like Animal Crossing, but on the phone.
The focus this time is (obviously) on camping. Your house of choice is a camping RV, and crafting furniture also seems pretty important.
It’d be somewhat foolish to not expect a mobile Animal Crossing game to contain microtransactions in some form. I mean, heck, back during Animal Crossing Wild World even you could buy bells on the down low from other players online via third party agreements, which is much more shady.
Animal Crossing is at its core about capitalism as much as it is about small town life. There’s not a huge amount of detail about how paid content will work. Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo’s other recent foray into mobile, has a pretty generous reward system that is quite rewarding without paying, so hopefully it will be the same here.
Animal Crossing Pocket Camp will be available Late November 2017 on iOS and Android.