Starting with an update on Thursday, April 23, Jolly Redd will occasionally show up in his boat to sell in-game art and unique colours of furniture to players. Like in previous Animal Crossing games, players will have to figure out which art pieces are real, and which are forgeries.
After purchasing genuine art, players can donate it to the island museum to open an art gallery, which will display all types of donated pieces, from paintings to sculptures.
In addition, Leif will regularly visit players’ islands to sell his assortment of foliage, including shrubs and flower seeds.
Nintendo has also confirmed a number of events taking place in the next few months, including:
Nature Day (23rd April 23 – 4th May) – During the Nature Day period, special Nook Miles challenges will be available that focus on nature-inspired goals, such as planting trees and watering flowers.
May Day Tour (1st – 7th May) – In the first week of May, players can use a one-time May Day Ticket at the island airport to head out on a limited-time tour to an island that looks different than the usual mystery island tours. A special visitor who looks familiar might also be there…
International Museum Day (18th – 31st May) – To celebrate International Museum Day, players can take part in a Stamp Rally. After receiving a special stamp card, players can enjoy viewing fish, insects and fossils while collecting stamps at the various museum exhibits to earn an in-game reward.
Wedding Season (1st – 30th June) – During a nuptial-themed June, players can visit Harvey’s island to meet the married couple Reese and Cyrus, as well as help arrange and take anniversary photos with them in the wedding-picture studio. Players will get wedding-themed items as a token of the couple’s gratitude.
At least some of the additions were mentioned in datamined Animal Crossing: Hew Horizons features.
A datamine of the game’s code by Twitter user Ninji has found references to vegetable growing, diving and several other unannounced features, including the previously uncovered coffee shop and art gallery.
New Horizons, which released in late March alongside a special edition version of the flagship Switch console and a new coral coloured Switch Lite, achieved record launch sales for a Switch game in both the UK and Japan.
VGC’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons review says the “comforting life sim is a tranquil haven at a time the world needs it most”.