Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise puts you in charge of making people happy.
“Hang on a minute,” you might be wondering, “Isn’t that a big part of Animal Crossing: New Horizons anyway?” You’d be right; making and keeping friends (not in your basement) does figure into the Nintendo Switch incarnation of the long running life sim. But the twist with Happy Home Paradise is that it’s your actual job.
Set to arrive early next month, it takes you to a different chain of islands where, instead of regular residents, you deal with holidaymakers. Your job is to design vacation homes, schools and so forth to ensure that your guests are thoroughly welcome. Happy Home Paradise is a full paid expansion pack; November’s free update adds additional elements to Animal Crossing: New Horizons but this will require you to think in different ways, particularly since you can’t just concentrate on one single house.
In essence, it’s a mash-up of Animal Crossing and The Sims, introducing a wealth of options designed to make, er, designing easier. For example, you can add partition walls to homes, expand house sizes and so forth, all in the name of satisfying your clients. Partition walls can also be used in your main island home, so it’s not the case that holidaymakers get a better deal than you.
The central Happy Home Paradise island will act as a hub, where you build your schools and pick up clients (that’s not as suspect as it sounds, honest) and then you build the individual homes on smaller islands. You’ll need to pay attention to your clients dema.. requests, as putting a sun-loving animal on a cold island won’t do you or them any favours.
If you want to get your hands on this expansion, you have two options to choose from. You’ll be able to purchase Happy Home Paradise for £22.49/$24.99 or you’ll also be able to rent it as part of the Switch Online Expansion Pack, which costs £34.99 for 12 months compared to the standard £17.99. Aside from the Happy Home Paradise pack, this new higher tier will give you access to Nintendo 64 games and Sega Mega Drive games.
If you cancel your subscription you lose access to the bulk of Happy Home Paradise but, as reported by Eurogamer, you’ll still be able to apply the extra features, such as partition walls, to your own home. You just won’t be able to travel to the new island archipelago until you resubscribe.