‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ adds swimming to its summer activities

The update will be out on July 3rd and a second one is coming in August.


Under normal circumstances, the summer is a time to go to the beach, swim in the ocean or take a dip in the pool. This year, though, you may have to relegate your swimming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Wave 1 of the game’s summer update enables you to go swimming and diving for sea creatures, build aquatic-themed accessories and get reacquainted with two familiar faces.

In New Horizons, you can only walk up to the water and cast your fishing line. This new update lets you dive right in, though. The trailer shows the player picking up sea stars, clams and eels, and then donating them to Blathers’ museum. You’ll also learn new DIY recipes and can deck out our home with sparkling, sea-worthy furniture.

The trailer also reveals two characters who Animal Crossing veterans may recognize. Pascal the sea otter is a philosopher who loves clams, and Gulliver the seagull occasionally washes up on shore and, half-conscious, babbles to himself.

The update will be out on July 3rd, and Nintendo says that Wave 2 of the summer update will be out sometime in early August. The ability to jump in the water has been a frequently-requested feature for Animal Crossing, so hopefully this will scratch that itch.