Animal Crossing wave 2 summer update adds fireworks and island backup service

The next update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is another big one, with the ability to visit other random islands in your dreams.

It may always be remembered as the game of the lockdown but Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still going from strength to strength and Nintendo has just announced that the second summer update will be released on Thursday, 30 July.

As usual, the update is completely free, with the most straightforward addition being customisable fireworks which will be set off every Sunday in August from 7pm. Redd will also be running a raffle for new festive items, that seem to include a bubble wand and deely bobbers.

The other big addition is the addition of Luna the tapir from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, who serves a similar purpose here by allowing you to visit random islands owned by other players.

If it works the same as last time you won’t be able to interact with the other person – which is why the visit is portrayed as a dream – but you will be able to explore their island and nose around in their house.

You can swap a ‘Dream Address’ with other people but, as ever, Nintendo is keen to make sure you only directly interact with people you know, especially given how popular Animal Crossing is with children.

Arguably the most important part of the update though is the addition of an island backup and restoration service, the absence of which was one of the reasons New Horizons was review bombed on Metacritic.

You can’t use the normal save data cloud feature for New Horizons, because Nintendo worry people would just use it to cheat (and, let’s fact it, they would) but the new backup option allows you to recover a saved version of your island if your Switch is damaged or stolen.

You’ll have to go through Nintendo Customer Support to get it to work, so it’s not going to be a simple thing, with more information available here.

After this update the next big one is for autumn, and implied to be themed around Halloween. That potentially leaves up to three months before the next update, which is a bit of a surprise as many fans were counting on the return of Brewster and his coffee shop.

There could be smaller updates before that though or perhaps some sort of paid-for DLC that adds even more features.

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