Get Ready to Go Swimming in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo has a pair of big updates coming to the popular Switch game

If you're tired of collecting shrubs and paying off Tom Nook, you'll soon be able to take a bracing swim to clear your cartoon head.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been like a balm during our Pandemic-enforced, stay-at-home time. The Nintendo Switch Game let us build our own, safe, island worlds where our primary worry was how we would pay raccoon landlord Tom Nook. And yet, spend enough time on and around your island and things can get a bit repetitive. Fortunately, Nintendo just announced a pair of free updates, the first of which drops on July 3.

Dive in: In a short video posted on Twitter late last week, Nintendo showed how characters will be able to dive into the oceans surrounding their islands. Previously, we could fish them, walk along the shores, and even pole-vault over streams. Soon, though, we'll be able to jump and dive under the surface.

Why dive: Part of the fun of Animal Crossing: New Horizons is collecting flora and fauna and then selling or donating those findings to Nook and others on the island. The new ocean environment will open up new collection opportunities. The video showed off eels, sea anemones, and other creatures that you can donate to museum curator Blathers (he's an owl).

More projects: The hipster sea otter Pascal will also appear in the ocean with you, ready to accept scallop donations in exchange for new DIY projects, including a Mermaid Dresser (your guess is as good as mine about what that is).

And more: There's a bit of mystery in the update teaser. At one point you encounter a sleepy toucan who seems to reference a boat. Perhaps the update will also bring sailing. In addition, there's a second summer update coming in August, though Nintendo offered no details about what to expect.

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