Best answer: Yes, but it won't have the same effect as it did with previous Animal Crossing games. While you could change the date on your system to enter different seasons, the special item releases may be limited to the events Nintendo will release as DLC according to the time of year.
- Find your getaway: Animal Crossing: New Horizons ($60 at Amazon)
What does time travel in Animal Crossing mean?
One of the fun and thoughtful features of the Animal Crossing games makes it fun to continue to play all year round. The games are designed to change to match the seasons and syncs in time with the real world. From what we've seen about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the newest entry takes this idea and improves upon it further with the introduction of different hemispheres. Still, how could that possibly give players the ability to "time travel?"
In previous Animal Crossing games, you can change the date and time on your system to access a different time of year and day within your game — referred to as time travel. Some players chose to do this to access different special items only available during specific times, or even just to enjoy a different season for a little while. However, New Horizons players should expect something a little different this time around.
Change the season, but events hold the items
While it is still possible to change the date and time on your Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite to whatever you'd like, it seems as though events are going to be how players will access special items. These special events may keep players from time traveling as they did previously. The first event was announced in February's Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct:
"We will offer free updates after the game launches and will continue to provide free seasonal events throughout the year. The first free update will be on launch day, March 20th. By installing this update, you can celebrate Bunny Day with a special event in April."
Although your town's season may change to whenever you set your date for, these events are released as DLC updates and will come out from Nintendo in alignment with seasons in the real world. One alternative Nintendo may have included in the game to changing the time on your console is the ability to use your Nook Miles earned in-game to travel to a different island stocked with various resources. We're not sure yet if these islands will have items from a season different from your island's or not. We'll update as soon as we have more information.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases on March 20th, 2020.
Pack your bags
Enjoy the island
Although time travel may not work quite like it used to, we're still excited to see what the events have to offer. Check out the island and take some time customizing the land and your own home while we wait for more events after Bunny Day.
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