Nintendo officially announces Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The free to play the mobile version of the console sim series will allow players to create brown characters from the start, addressing one frustrating aspect about the long-running series.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp follows the release of Nintendo’s other (slightly controversial) mobile game, Super Mario Run.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Includes Characters of Color
In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, players will be free to design and explore their own campsite. Players choose what their campsite looks like, decorating it to turn it into the ultimate outdoorsy vacation spot.
You’ll also take part in various activities, including fishing, collecting bugs and harvesting fruit from trees. If you’ve played an Animal Crossing game on a Nintendo handheld console, then you’ll know what to expect.
Though, one major difference between the Animal Crossing mobile game and the console series is that it will allow you to create characters of color in the character customization screen. Not only can you pick a male or female character, picking their hair and eye color, but you can also select their skin tone as the game offers varying shades of brown skin to choose from.
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While this may seem like a small feature, it is a significant step for a series that has otherwise excluded players of color. For example when Animal Crossing: New Leaf launched in 2013, the only way to make a fully brown character was to take your white character to the beach and leave them there for hours so that they could get a tan.
There was purchasable Mii Mask that turned your character into a Mii, but although it could make your face brown it left the rest of your character’s body white. In November 2016, over three years since the game first released, Nintendo updated the Mii Mask so that the character’s entire body would change skin tone. But it still wasn’t the same as being able to create a brown character from the start.
It should be noted that 2015’s Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer does offer several skin tones (including multiple brown skin options) for characters. But that game is specifically focused on home design. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp appears to offer all of the main series’ gameplay features and lets you create a brown character from the start.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be released in November on iOS and Android.
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