Animal Crossing Direct recap: 2.0 update, Happy Home Paradise DLC and more

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting a big 2.0 update on Nov. 5.

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Nintendo shared a ton of new details on New Horizons' next update during its Oct. 15 Animal Crossing Direct.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons' next -- and final -- free update arrives on Nov. 5.  Nintendo  shared more details about the big 2.0 update in an Animal Crossing Direct stream on Friday, giving us our first look at all of the new features and content coming to the game. On top of that, the company revealed a paid DLC expansion called Happy Home Paradise, as well as a new wave of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards. Here's all the biggest news from the presentation.

Animal Crossing Direct stream

If you missed out on the Animal Crossing Direct when it aired, you can watch a replay of the entire 20-minute presentation below.

New Horizons 2.0 update

Nintendo dedicated the first portion of the stream to New Horizons' 2.0 update -- the final free update the company is releasing for the game. The update goes live on Nov. 5 and introduces a ton of new features and content, as well as a variety of returning characters. Brewster and his cafe, The Roost, will be added to the second floor of the museum, while Harv's Island will be expanded into a plaza. You can donate bells to help fund new buildings on Harv's island, including permanent shops for Saharah, Kicks and other characters.

Nintendo is introducing a huge assortment of new items in the 2.0 update, as well, including crops that you can grow and then use to craft new DIY cooking recipes. You will also be able to set island ordinances to further tweak the game to your play style. Additionally, wandering musician K.K. Slider will add 12 new songs to his set list, and Kapp'n will return to take you on boat tours to new mysterious islands. You can catch up on all the details in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update roundup.

Happy Home Paradise DLC

Alongside the free 2.0 update, Nintendo is releasing a paid DLC expansion for the game called Happy Home Paradise. Similar to the Happy Home Designer game for the Nintendo 3DS, this DLC allows you to build dream vacation homes for characters based on their requests. The standalone DLC costs $25, but those who subscribe to the new Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack tier will be able to access the DLC at no additional charge.

Animal Crossing Series 5 Amiibo cards

Finally, Nintendo shared details on the next wave of Animal Crossing Amiibo cards, which go on sale beginning Nov. 5. This series consists of 48 new cards featuring characters not previously available, including a number of new villagers. Like the previous Animal Crossing Amiibo cards, the Series 5 cards are sold in packs of six.