Animal Crossing is finally coming to mobile. While we don't have further details just yet, we won't have to wait long to fill in the blanks. Nintendo has announced a special Direct presentation is scheduled for tomorrow, Oct. 24, that's specifically dedicated to the game.
Nintendo sent out a press release this morning informing us that an Animal Crossing Direct will begin at 8 p.m. PT on Oct. 24, or 11 p.m. if you're living on the East coast. That's pretty late for some viewers, but we figure the timing was selected to get as many eyes on the live announcement as humanly possible.
According to the announcement, the presentation will be 15 minutes long and focus solely on the Animal Crossing mobile game. Nintendo said no other mobile, 3DS or Switch topics will be discussed at that time so, if you were hoping for a surprise Animal Crossing for Switch announcement, maybe don't hold your breath.
If you're worried that 15 minutes isn't a very long presentation, remember that Nintendo's E3 presentation this year was only about twice that length and they managed to cram in a ridiculous number of announcements. Their Direct presentations are usually pretty snappy, so we figure there will be plenty to digest crammed into those 15 minutes.
As for what the game will actually entail, your guess is as good as ours at this point. The most recent Animal Crossing game, New Leaf, took the 3DS by storm a couple of years back. The only movement from the series since then were a couple of spinoff titles that leaned on Amiibos and didn't really make many waves. So, whether this will feel like a proper Animal Crossing game or some sort of new direction for the series remains to be seen.
Nintendo's mobile efforts have been pretty decent up to this point, so long as you don't count the lackluster Miitomo "social experience." They can't really be credited for Pokemon Go, but both Super Mario Run and Fire Emblem Heroes were solid titles. While the former boasted a one-time payment to unlock the full game, we have a hunch that Animal Crossing will go the same route as the latter, offering microtransactions to keep players coming back for more.
If any Nintendo game should be available in your pocket 24/7, though, it's Animal Crossing. The core games work on a 24-hour cycle that encourages you to dive in for at least a little while daily. We wouldn't be surprised if the mobile game features a similar focus on time and daily contributions.
Then again, Nintendo probably doesn't want to just take a successful franchise and basically port it onto a platform they don't control, so we're not exactly expecting a core offering here. We'll just have to wait and see!