After years of waiting, Animal Crossing fans now have a release date to look forward to, as Nintendo has revealed that Animal Crossing: New Horizonswill launch on March 20, 2020. The game was supposed to release this year, but Nintendo had to delay it to 2020 to ensure that its developers maintain a good work-life balance.
However, it appears that even in the peaceful world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the threat of losing one's job in a blink of an eye is all too real. During a post-E3 interview by Mashable, Animal Crossing: New Horizons' project lead, Aya Kyogoku, revealed that Mr. Resetti lost his job at the Reset Surveillance Center due to a new feature in the game that automatically saves the player's progress.
In previous Animal Crossing games, Mr. Resetti would often go on a rampage whenever the player resets the game without saving their progress first. Upon returning to the game after committing the major faux-pas, Mr. Resetti would go on a long rant and would even question the player's moral principles, while also threatening to delete their save file. Kyogoku explains that due to the auto-save function, Resetti's role in the game is no longer necessary.
"I think this will be a positive thing for the player, because in New Horizons you can stop playing in the middle of your game and it'll still save. But unfortunately, because there's no necessity to rest the game or reset button on the Switch, Mr. Resetti had a hard time. He was laid off from his position."
Although some may have found Mr. Resetti's crankiness hilarious in previous titles in the franchise, Nintendo revealed that some young players would cry after an encounter with the mole, which is why his appearance in the last Animal Crossing game was optional. However, it may still be possible to see him in New Horizons, given that Kyogoku teased that Mr. Resetti is already looking for a new job, hinting that he may assume a new role.
The first trailer of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which was unveiled at E3 2019, showcased the familiar feel of previous entries that made the franchise a favorite among Nintendo fans. Aside from the new auto-save function, New Horizons will also introduce new features such as DIY Recipes, and the ability to place items outside the player's home.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases on March 20, 2020, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.