Animal Crossing 2.0 update release date, Brewster and other new features coming to New Horizons

When we can finally welcome the caffeine-fuelled owl - and much, much more - to our islands.

Animal Crossing's 2.0 update is the most significant patch to the game since its launch back in March 2020.

Arriving over 18 months after the game first arrived, it will introduce a large number of requested features - including the long-awaited arrival of Brewster and his museum cafe.

That's not all - the return of Kapp'n, expanded home exterior and decorating options, the addition of cooking, Gyroids are all coming free - as well as a premium, optional expansion on top.

This page explains the Animal Crossing 2.0 update release date and what you can expect from the final free update when it arrives.

Animal Crossing 2.0 release date: When is the 2.0 update coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The Animal Crossing 2.0 update has a release date of Friday, November 5th. This will introduce both the free update which includes Brewster, Kapp'n and many other features, as well as the paid Happy Home Paradise DLC.

In terms of a release time, expect this to be in the early hours UK time, based on patches for other first-party Nintendo games in the past. This means you should be able to wake up on November 5th and get playing right away.

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Animal Crossing 2.0 update features: What is coming in the Animal Crossing's final free update in November?

The Animal Crossing 2.0 update introduce a suite of new features - and not just the previously teased arrival of Brewser. Highlights include:

Brewser and the museum update is coming to the game. As well as buying coffees at 200 Bells a cup, you can spot residents and islanders coming in to enjoy a brew, invite them directly using amiibo, and sit at a table with friends.

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Kapp'n and his fan-favourite sea shanties are coming to the game. For 1,000 Nook Miles a visit, you will appear at mysterious islands which can have different seasons and times of day.

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Harv's island will be expanded to feature shops for Kicks and other 'visiting' vendors, allowing them to set up permanent roots. Tortimer will also make an appearance, as well Katrina, who can read your fortune for the day ahead.

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Group stretching at the plaza allows you to get some light exercise in alongside your fellow villagers, with the option to participate using button and motion controls.

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Setting ordinances gives villagers set times of day to make an appearance on your island - catering their habits better to your schedule.

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You can now cook using DIY recipes, and grow vegetables outside to use as ingredients.

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The Pro Decorating Licence allows for new lighting and ceiling décor.

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The Pro Camera App introduces a 'handheld camera' for a first-person viewpoint to see villagers up close.

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Storage expansion goes from 2,400 items to 5,000 over the course of three expansion tiers. (Is this the secret best part of the update?)

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The long awaited return of Gyroids, which can be customised and placed to create unique sounds with a near-endless amount of combinations.

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Ladders can now be built permanently on the island, with the ability to craft them purchased first at Nook's Cranny.

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Residents can invite one you round to their houses - and residents can now pop round yours to say hello.

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Coming soon is the huge Animal Crossing 2.0 update release date. Until then, if you're new to Animal Crossing, our New Horizons tips can help with the basics. From the off, there's fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect. Once you have settled in, you'll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd, use the Dream Suite and island backup.


Other 2.0 additions include:

  • New home exterior options
  • New items you can purchase using Nook Miles to position around the island
  • 11 new hairstyles
  • 11 new reactions
  • 9 new fence types
  • The ability to expand the number of bridges and includes from 8-10
  • Custom designs can now be worn
  • The addition of a storage shed
  • 12 new K.K. songs
  • A new music box item
  • And new items in Nook's Cranny
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As well as all the above free updates, there's the addition of Happy Home Paradise, a paid DLC for £22.49 (or free with the Expansion Pack tier of the Nintendo Switch Online service) which has you plan the perfect resort paradise for residents, allowing you to design interiors and exteriors to their tastes and preferences.

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That's an awful lot in a single update! How much of the above will be accessible right away, or will require some playtime to discover is unknown, but needless to say it should keep you busy for some time.

As a last hurrah it feels very fitting - and we'll be there to help you guide you through it come November 5th.

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