Animal Crossing: New Horizons Devs Point to its Universal Appeal

Published 09/08/2020, 4:27 PM EDT


Animal Crossing: New Horizons has completed five months in the fraternity and has enjoyed a lot of success. The numbers speak for themselves. New Horizons has sold a whopping 22.4 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling Switch title of all time.

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From normal people to celebrities, everyone is addicted to the title because of its relaxing environment. In addition, New Horizons helped everyone step away from harsh reality and step into a world of imagination.

This is essentially what the devs of the game spoke about at Japan’s Computer Entertainment Developers Conference. 4Gamer is a Japanese site that captured the interview, which was later translated by VGC.

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The interview saw the Director of the game Aya Kyogoku talking about the success of the game and shared intricate details into what went behind developing the masterpiece.

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The devs spoke at length about the developments that New Horizons witnessed. All titles in the franchise have been similar yet unique. This has added new and unique features to the common premise of designing an island from scratch.

However, while the visuals and other additions have been groundbreaking, the demographic structure has surprised the devs.

Series Head Hisashi Nogami has been collecting data on the demographic structure. His study shows that the players are in the age group 20-30. And to top it all, gender is split almost equally.

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He said, “However, looking at the gender and age data of Animal Crossing users, it is clear that the ratio of males and females is half and there are many users in their 20s and 30s.”

This points to the universal appeal of the title. The five-month-old title has managed to beak the stereotype that it came with. He said, “What would the public imagine if they were asked what kind of game Animal Crossing is?

“I think there is probably an image of a game where you can live leisurely with cute animals’ and ‘a game for young girls’.”

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This essentially points to the fact that age and gender haven’t stopped Animal Crossing to reach the summit. Everyone has managed to find solace in a title that has remained unique in its own ways.

It’s just a matter of time before Animal Crossing breaks another record. Tune in for more updates!

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Nakul Ahuja

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Nakul Ahuja is an Esports author at EssentiallySports. He has spent 11 years doing theatre and is currently preparing for his Master's degree in Journalism. Along the way, he hopes to rake in money as Ninja does.

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