Animal Crossing: New Horizons Free Summer Update Wave 1 Adds Swimming, Diving, and Sea Creatures

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo have announced the next free update coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, adding swimming, diving, sea creatures to find, and more.

From July 3rd, players will be able to swim in the waters around their island, and even dive down to find sea-creatures, which can be donated to the Museum.

Players will also be able meet Pascal. In prior games, he offered pirate themed furniture in exchange for scallops. Here, it appears he gives DIY recipes for mermaid and shell-themed furniture. Gulliver will also be sporting pirate-themed clothes, though whether his behavior has changed was not revealed.

The update is part of “Wave 1” for the summer, while the next update will be coming in early August. Elements of the update sound similar to those in a leak from a data-miner in April.

You can find the Free Summer Update – Wave 1 trailer below.

You can find the full rundown (via Nintendo) below.

Escape to Your Personal Island Paradise

Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check in and find new surprises all year round.

Show off your island utopia to family and friends—or pack your bags and visit theirs. Whether playing online* or with others beside you**, island living is even better when you can share it. Even without hopping on a flight, you’ll meet a cast of charming animal residents bursting with personality. Friendly faces like Tom Nook and Isabelle will lend their services and happily help you grow your budding community. Escape to your island getaway—however, whenever, and wherever you want.

  • Build your community from scratch on a deserted island brimming with possibility
  • Create your personal getaway and customize your character, home, decorations, and even the landscape itself
  • Collect materials to construct everything from furniture to tools! Then, use what you create to give your island a personal touch
  • Watch as the time of day and seasons match real life—even your hemisphere! Each day holds potential for surprises and discoveries
  • Get to know the island residents, garden, fish, decorate, hunt for fossils, and more!
  • Show off your paradise – play on the same system with a total of 4 people**, or play together online* or over local wireless** for fun with up to 8 players

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is out now on Nintendo Switch. In case you missed it, you can find our review here (we recommend it!)



Ryan was a former Niche Gamer contributor.

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