Animal Crossing New Horizons is getting its first summer update on July 3rd, and it’s going to add a bunch of stuff. There will be a new NPC called Pascal, along with the ability to swim and dive in the ocean. There will be sea critters, beachwear, and even a new encounter with an old friend. To top it off, the developers have announced another update for August. Read on for more details.
Pascal is a new NPC that’s going to be added in the July 3rd update. He’s a red bear that loves to swim. You’ll have the option of giving him sea creatures you find while diving, and he’ll reward you with brand new, maritime DIY recipes. The trailer has shown a mermaid-themed room, so expect a bunch of mermaid furniture at the very least.
We also saw another NPC, an old friend in a new outfit, in the trailer. It’s Pirate Gulliver! He was as sleepy as ever, but this time he was dressed in a pirate costume. The trailer mentioned in would be a new encounter, so he’s probably going to change things up a bit.
ACNH Swimming & Diving
The biggest part of the update are the abilities to swim and dive in the ocean. Apart from letting you play around in the shallows during the sweltering summer, these will also unlock the ability to look for sea creatures like scallops and starfish. You’ll be able to turn these over to Blathers at the museum, or trade them for crafting recipes with Pascal.
The biggest question now is just how many sea creatures the update is going to add. Hopefully it’s more than just a handful, and judging by the fact there’s a new section in the museum dedicated solely to them, there just might be.