• The Animal Crossing New Horizons ratings page mentioned in-game purchases for the Nintendo Switch game.
• This led to speculation that Animal Crossing New Horizons would feature microtransactions, similar to the mobile game.
• The Animal Crossing New Horizons ESRB ratings page has since been updated, and all mention of microtransactions removed.
Nintendo Switch fans can breathe a sigh of relief, because it looks like the company has ditched plans to bring microtransactions to Animal Crossing New Horizons.
The ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating for Animal Crossing New Horizons was recently updated ahead of the game’s launch.
Controversially, an ‘in-game purchases’ notice was added to the product page for the next Animal Crossing game.
This led to speculation that Nintendo was planning to add microtransactions to the upcoming Switch release.
Fortunately, however, it looks like this may have been a false alarm, because the product page has been updated for a second time.
And the good news is that the in-game purchases tag has been removed from the Animal Crossing product page.
Hopefully New Horizons won’t go down the same route as mobile spinoff Pocket Camp, which is packed full of in-app purchases.
Indeed, things have gone from bad to worse for Pocket Camp, which now has its own subscription service.
Fans will find out for certain when Animal Crossing New Horizons hits Nintendo Switch on March 20.
The game whisks players off to a tropical island as part of the Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package.
“If the hustle and bustle of modern life’s got you down, Tom Nook has a business venture up his sleeve that he knows you’ll adore: his brand-new, ultra-exclusive Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package!” reads the official description.
“Sure, you’ve crossed paths with colourful characters near and far. Had a grand old time as one of the city folk.
“May’ve even turned over a new leaf and dedicated yourself to public service! But deep down, isn’t there a part of you that just longs for…freedom? A chance to do what you want, when you want? Then perhaps a long walk on the beach of a deserted island, where a rich wealth of untouched nature awaits, is just what the doctor ordered!
“Peaceful creativity and charm await as you roll up your sleeves and make your new life whatever you want it to be.”
Players can customise their homes by scavenging materials, crafting upgrades and purchasing items from the in-game shop.
That’s on top of all the usual activities like fishing, bug catching and growing plants and crops.