Nintendo finally released the Animal Crossing: New Horizons fact sheet, confirming the much rumored local multiplayer split-screen capability. As we reported a few days ago, you will be able to provide a home to 8 players on your personal island and play with up to 4 players simultaneously using a single system.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons was finally revealed at this year’s E3, with a small caveat of the delay to March 20th, 2020. However, even though the game has been delayed, Nintendo has shared plenty of gameplay footage, details, and more about the upcoming village simulator.

Today the big N shared the New Horizons fact sheet with us, in which the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Multiplayer Mode has been confirmed to allow for split-screen co-op. According to the sheet “Up to eight players can reside in an island; four residents of the same island can play together simultaneously on a single system.”

Animal Crossing New Horizons - Fact Sheet
Animal Crossing New Horizons – Fact Sheet

In New Horizons players will be able to provide a home to friends for the very first time. While it was possible do so in New Leaf, it was restricted to only one player at any given time. There will of course also be online multiplayer where players from all around the world can meet and play together – given that you have a running Nintendo Online Subscription.

Th fact sheet also highlights the all new crafting system. In New Horizons, players will be able to gather resources to craft items. For example, collecting different kinds of woods can be used to create various furniture to decorate either your home, gift it to friends or animals, or even decorate the surroundings on your island.

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myPotatoGames was founded out of our huge love for Animal Crossing, besides spending a lot of time taking care of my virtual village I enjoy painting, creating things or looking up funny and cute dog pictures on the internet. My preferred office location is somewhere on a remote island, in the middle of the South Pacific.


  1. This screen was one of the first things I noticed about the game, because of this floor. Also, the player’s sweater dress and Fuchsia’s dress, too…all new! I wonder how much returning clothing and furniture there will be compared to how much new stuff.

    1. If you prefer not to check the link itself, I’ll quote the relevant part here: “The New Horizons demo on Nintendo Treehouse live stream showed Kyogoku and Nogami playing local multiplayer, each of them using a single Joy-Con to play. They revealed during the stream that up to four players could play this way and then confirmed to IGN that theyโ€™ll all be playing on a single screen, not split-screen.”

      1. Hi Kikki! Thank you so much for sharing that! We have have received contradicting information from the Nintendo Press department and have reached out for more clarification on the split screen topic. We will update this post once we hear back from Nintendo! Once again thank you for pointing this out!

        Personally I think split-screen would be necessary, otherwise all 4 players would need to follow the same path, do the same activity and walk all into the same direction as in all Animal Crossing game ( it seems including New Horizons ) you can only see a little bit of the town at a time, so I would assume the camera focus on Player 1 and all other players would need to stay close to that player. Interesting concept, lets hope Split-screen will eventually be a part of the game! ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. I read information supposedly coming from an interview (I don’t remember where so I can’t confirm absolutely) that it works so that the character with the flag over their head will cause all of the others to warp to them if the other characters get too far out of range and end up falling out of view on the screen. Watching Treehouse, the two of them did stay very close together at all times, but since there’s information that doesn’t mesh, it’d be great if you are able to get confirmation. ๐Ÿ™‚

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