Animal Crossing: New Horizon's 2.0 update is now available — and two days early!

Animal Crossing New Horizons Morning Aerobics
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What you need to know

  • The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0 update is available nearly two days early.
  • The massive update was previously announced to go live on Nov. 5.
  • However, it appears that the Happy Home Paradise DLC is not yet available.

In a surprise and quiet drop, Nintendo has released the highly-anticipated and free Animal Crossing: New Horizons Version 2.0 update nearly two days early. It was originally scheduled to release on Friday, Nov. 5 but multiple users online, including the Animal Crossing World blog, noticed it had dropped Wednesday night.

It's super easy to update your game. All you have to do is hit the + button on the home menu while you have the icon highlighted on the home menu and hit software update.

The huge update was announced during Nintendo's Animal Crossing Direct last month, which highlighted a ton of changes, including many that longtime fans of the series had been waiting for. Fan favorites Brewster and Kapp'n would be returning, along with The Roost cafe and Boat Tours. The update also overhauled Harv's island, which will be receiving new NPCs like Katrina and housing older ones like Saharah and Kicks. You can also enact new island ordinances with Isabelle, cook, plant crops, stretch in the plaza with your neighbors, dig up gyroids, and more. Finally, you'll see even more new Villagers for you to potentially invite to your island.

The direct also announced that the game's first DLC, Happy Home Paradise, would be launching the same day. However, it seems like it's still not available. We expect it to drop on the previously-scheduled Nov. 5. You can buy it for $25 through the Nintendo eShop or get it for free through the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack.

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