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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ESRB Rating No Longer Mentions Microtransactions

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases next month on Nintendo Switch after a rather long wait, but there is still a lot that is unknown about the game.

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Earlier this month, the ESRB rating found on the game’s official webpage mentioned in-game purchases, which made more than one fan worried that Nintendo would start locking content behind microtransactions. Thankfully, it seems like this won’t be happening, at least at launch.

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons ESRB rating has been recently been updated, and it no longer mentions in-game purchases, so it seems like it was all a mistake on ESRB’s part. As such, we should expect all of the game’s launch content to only be locked behind progression, like in the previous entries in the series.

Last week, it has been confirmed that Animal Crossing: New Horizons may support Cloud Saves in some form. While the game will not support it in the same way many other Nintendo Switch titles do, it seems like Nintendo is coming up with a different solution that will allow players to back up their saves. This function will still require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches on March 20th worldwide exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

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Francesco De Meo
Francesco has been writing about video games and the video games industry for almost a decade, focusing on all aspects of the industry. Having always loved handheld gaming, he joined TouchTapPlay in 2013 to cover mobile gaming and, later on, the Nintendo Switch console, which is today his most played console.