A leak claiming to have information about an upcoming November Nintendo Direct is teasing new information about Animal Crossing: New Horizons. While the leak is unsourced and unreliable, similar Animal Crossing: New Horizons leaks have proven surprisingly accurate at times.
According to the leak, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will be the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate of the franchise with regards to its villagers. That is to say that every villager will be available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Whether it's Zoe the Anteater, who only appeared in the original Animal Crossing, or Bonbon the Rabbit, who has only appeared in New Leaf and Happy Home Designer, Animal Crossing: New Horizons will allow players to meet all of their old friends again.
The leak also teases that the Animal Crossing part of the Nintendo Direct will talk about crafting and multiplayer, but doesn't go into detail. It then describes how players will use amiibo cards to invite specific villagers into their town. The villager will even bring an exclusive gift with them, likely to make the amiibo cards more tantalizing to potential buyers. When the villagers visit, players will be able to try and persuade them to stay permanently.
With so many villagers being available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, prospective players are likely curious to know how big their village/city can be. According to the leak, players will be able to expand their city in addition to their house. The final upgrade for a player's city will apparently allow for 24 different villagers. For comparison's sake, the max number of villagers in Animal Cross: New Leaf was 10.
As exciting as this new Animal Crossing: New Horizons information is, and as believable as it may seem, it has to be reiterated how unreliable it is. The leak stems from an anonymous post on the 4chan imageboard, where a dozen similar "leaks" about all manner of topics are shown to be fake day-to-day. If the leak, which also includes information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Pokemon Sword and Shield, is true then the first evidence of it will be the announcement of a Nintendo Direct on November 13. Nintendo Direct plans tend to be revealed late, so it may be a couple more weeks before hearing more.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases March 20, 2020 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.