Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been out a couple weeks now and people around the world have been enjoying the relaxing, day-to-day lifestyle simulator gameplay. Maybe it’s because we’re all inside and have more time, but observant gamers have noticed hints of potential upcoming DLC within the game.
In a report on Animal Crossing World, Twitter users have noted interesting bits of dialogue from NPC (non-playable characters like your other villagers) that seem to point to things that aren’t in the game yet. For examples, fans have uploaded images of villages making references to Brewster and the Roost Café, even as the neither are in the game yet. Both have been staples of Animal Crossing games, so it’s not unrealistic to think that they’ll be added into the game later.
Other villagers reference existing structures but in ways that don’t line up with what’s in the game. For example, one villager mentioned staring at artwork, likely sculptures and paintings, within the museum. However, the museum currently only houses fossils, insects and fish, leading some to believe that artwork will likely be added.
Isabelle, one of the town managers, also hints at non-existent structures. In suggesting how to build up your Island’s stars, Isabelle usually suggests adding more flowers or outdoor decorations. In one particular interaction, however, she suggests diversifying and adding shops. However, only two shops currently available in New Horizons are Nook’s Cranny and the Able Sister’s store.
These villager conversations could have been programmed in before developers finished finalizing the contents of New Horizons, meaning these are artifacts of original design intentions. But they could also be clues at new DLC, paid or free. Animal Crossing already had its first free update with the Bunny Day Celebration, so it’s not unheard of to think that they’ll get more updates in the future.