Nintendo's latest addition to the Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, is set for a global launch this Wednesday, November 22, 2017. However App Store customers on iOS may be able to download the game as early as today, November 21, 2017.
After its soft launch in Australia, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp climbed to the top charts faster than Fire Emblem or Super Mario Run.
Once Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp launches this week, players can expect it to be a miniaturized version of its previous series. Players will be able to customize their camp and camper vehicle as they can expect other players to visit them. You'll also be able to go fishing, gather fruits, make tons of friends with animals and catch bugs. There will be quests and requests for each animal along side crafting furniture and clothes.
Special in-app purchases will further enhance the Animal Crossing experience with K.K. Slider on his guitar, playing nostalgic music from previous Animal Crossing series and funny dialogue from Tom Nook.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be free-to-play and uses optional "Leaf Tickets" which can be used to bypass long wait times on crafting or to purchase cosmetics to further personalize your camp and camper.
Check below for previous news on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was initially soft launched on the Australian AppStore for iOS on 25 October 2017. It was later announced that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp would globally launch on 22 November 2017 for both iOS and Android devices.
Nintendo has recently been preoccupied with the release of projects such as Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes. And with their new console, the Nintendo Switch, releasing worldwide earlier this year, Nintendo has become busier than ever marketing and making games for the new console. This has caused the Animal Crossing mobile game, which was expected to be released in 2016, to be delayed. But according to the "Nintendo Earnings Report" published last January 31st, 2017, the game is now expected to be released sometime between Apr 2017 to Mar 2018. In October 25th 2017, Nintendo officially announced the game as "Animal Crossing:Pocket Camp" and will be released Late November.
Animal Crossing Mobile Direct [October 25, 2017]
Just a few minutes ago, Nintendo aired the first Animal Crossing Mobile Direct live on YouTube and Nintendo's website. It was a 15 minutes of exciting video of the upcoming mobile game from Nintendo.
The game officially titled "Animal Crossing : Pocket Camp. Contrary to the other's expectation that this will be just a cross-title connectivity app, the AC:Pocket Camp is a full-blown game developed for several months for every fans worldwide. It's not just a ported version of the Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The mobile game will hit the shelves by Late November and it will be available in iOS and Android.
Takashi Mochizuki's tweet [June 25, 2017]
Mr. Takashi Mochizuki, a Wall Street Journal tech reporter from Tokyo, tweeted on June 25th part of a letter he received from Mr. Atul Goyal Jefferies, an analyst who had a meeting with Nintendo recently.
To sum up the contents of the letter, Super Mario Run did not do well with its pricing. Nintendo implemented "Freemium" pricing in Fire Emblem Heroes, which became a vast success, however the game's content is limited. Nintendo's plan for their next mobile game is to give it much more content than in previous Nintendo mobile games, that would keep players interested months after they started playing.
This is a great indication that Nintendo is strengthening their presence on the mobile gaming market. But as of now, we are just hoping that the next mobile game Nintendo releases will be Animal Crossing Mobile, because unfortunately there is no additional information given regarding their next game and it's release date.
In the recent DeNA earnings report dated May 5th of 2017, DeNA’s Representative Director, President and CEO Isao Moriyasu mentioned a tentative release date for Animal Crossing Mobile. According to Mr. Isao Moriyasu it will be released on or before March 2018. He also stated that there will be further announcements from them in the future.
There is no actual release date so far, but we are crossing our fingers it will be released sooner than later. In the mean time, we will definitely keep you updated once we receive more information.
Nintendo’s financial briefing held on April 27-28, introduced many upcoming titles for their consoles, but unfortunately there was no new information regarding Animal Crossing Mobile. Nintendo however, confirmed that projects regarding their mobile platform are still in progress.
They will still continue to offer services through their released mobile applications. So far, their plan is to release 2 to 3 Nintendo titles for smart device annually.