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Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Update Doubles The Villagers In The Camp

The Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp 5.0 update has released, and includes an increase in the amount of villagers players can host at their campsite.

Mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp received a sizable update this week, including doubling the amount of villagers players can host at their campsite. The game has received over 60 million downloads and has continued to receive consistent updates since its release in 2017. Although the game saw a slight dip in popularity since Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released in 2020, Pocket Camp still maintains an active player base worldwide.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp offers players a miniaturized version of the Animal Crossing experience, giving them a campsite to manage, decorate, and fill with animal villagers. Outside of forming villager friendships, gameplay mostly focuses on two things: obtaining rare, limited-time items to decorate their campsite with, and limited-time events focused around activities like gardening and fishing. The game has received criticism over the fact that unlike other entries in the Animal Crossing series, Pocket Camp contains microtransactionsA new currency, Leaf Tickets, are used to buy special items either outright or through fortune cookies, the game’s version of loot boxes. They can also be used to speed up progress during in-game events. Players can still earn Leaf Tickets in-game without purchase, but their progress will be significantly slower.


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The Pocket Camp team announced the game’s 5.0 update on Twitter this week, outlining several new changes to the title. One of the largest is an increase in villagers allowed at players’ campsites, rising from 8 up to 16. The update has introduced new ways for players to integrate the game with their smart phone – a new Pocket Camp widget can be placed on users’ home screens that will display the date alongside quotes from Animal Crossing villagers, and the game can now be linked to a phone’s pedometer and display daily steps in-game. A new Pocket Planner feature will help players keep track of the game’s events and item release windows. Lastly, a new paid subscription was announced: for a monthly 99 cents, the Merry Memories subscription will allow players to purchase new designs for their planner, as well as utilize special stickers to mark special memories with their villagers. Subscribers will also receive more seasonal rewards alongside 20 Leaf Tickets per month.

While the expansion of potential campsite members is exciting, the rest of this announcement has largely fallen flat with players. Two subscriptions for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp were already available: the Happy Helper plan and the Furniture & Fashion plan for monthly payments of $2.99 and $7.99 respectively. The inclusion of more microtransactions – especially a subscription service that just allows players to buy more things – has not sat well with many fans of the series. Additionally, the new Merry Memories plan does not offer enough free Leaf Tickets to purchase a single loot box or special item – one fortune cookie requires 50 Leaf Tickets, and special items cost an average of 250.

Outside of the extra campers, this update was not what many fans were hoping for. Requested things like new locations and events have been superseded by microtransactions, which have long been one of the primary player complaints about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. However, some fans remain hopeful that the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp developers, who have always been consistent about updating the game, will take player feedback into account in the next update.

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Source: Pocket_Camp/Twitter

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