Nintendo knows that you want to play Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch, but, if you hadn’t gathered already, the company’s stance is not to reveal games until they are nearer to release.
“When we have something to announce, we will,” Nintendo of America president and chief operating officer Reggie Fils-Aime explained to IGN. “Fill in the blank of your favorite franchise. Our mentality will be we’ll announce information close to its launch date versus teasing people for years on end.”
He continued: “I did see a lot of internet memes with sad faces from the Animal Crossing group. We see tremendous opportunity in using the mobile platform to introduce IP to consumers who may not be as familiar. Animal Crossing is a great example. Tremendous interaction with Pocket Camp. Fans are really enjoying that experience. We’re introducing it to new consumers. That bodes well for whenever the next Animal Crossing might come.”
Aside from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the last games to release in the series were two spin-offs for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in 2015, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. Nintendo went on to release the Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome amiibo update on Nintendo 3DS, but it has been absent since.