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How will Animal Crossing: New Horizons integrate with Pocket Camp?

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How will Animal Crossing: New Horizons integrate with Pocket Camp?

Best answer: There won't be any direct integration between the New Horizons and Pocket Camp Animal Crossing games, as confirmed by Nintendo's Planning & Development team. However, there will be some cross-game promotion that includes special items.On the island: Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) ($60 at Amazon)Camp Android: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Free on Play Store)Camp Apple: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (Free on App Store)

There will be similarities

Those who have been playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp to temporarily satisfy the Animal Crossing craving until New Horizons is released have likely wondered if the former will have any compatibility with the latter. If you were hoping you could invite your villager friends, dressed in those fabulous outfits you've chosen across both games, you may be disappointed. Nintendo's Manager of Planning & Development Aya Kyogoku stated in an interview with IGN that, "We want to make sure to separate the gameplay because we feel they're two different types of games," confirming that the games will not integrate, though there will be "collaborative items."

"What are collaborative items?" you may be asking. In the February 20, 2020, Nintendo Direct, it was announced that both Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will have an update releasing some new items. Shown in the video were an airplane, a tent, Nook Inc. signs, and a crafting stump. Here's a quote of what was mentioned specifically about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp:

We're planning to roll out a special offer for both Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Animal Crossing: New Horizons through which players can receive special items in each. Details will be announced at a later date from the official Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Twitter account (@Pocket_Camp), so stay tuned.

Alex Huebner
Alex Huebner

Alex has been working with iMore as a Freelance Gaming Writer for three years. You can also find a few articles of hers on Android Central and Windows Central. She regularly covers Nintendo Switch games and accessories as well as iOS game apps. In addition to the Nintendo Switch, you may also find her playing on the PlayStation and PC. When she doesn’t have a controller in hand she likes to spend her time with her husband, son, and dogs, exploring new places, or hiding away with a book (or comic book). A few of her favorite games include the Zelda franchise, Little Nightmares, and Animal Crossing.