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Animal Crossing Winter Update

Nintendo has released a new video showcasing new features coming in the free winter update on the 19th of November.

Regardless of the hemisphere you’re island is located on, the following is headed your way:

  • Turkey Day – On Turkey Day, which will take place this year on the 26th of November, the first-class chef Franklin will arrive and host a gathering in the plaza. (Resident Services need to upgrade once for this feature to be available.) You can help Franklin collect ingredients to go in the dishes that will be on display in the plaza. You can even receive a gift from Franklin as a thank you for helping him cook.
  • Toy Day – It’s the time of the year when island residents rejoice … The month of Toy Day is nearly at hand! You might notice your island and plaza gradually becoming more festive with holiday-themed decorations over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for decorated trees, too. Shaking these may drop ornaments which will allow you to craft holiday furniture recipes. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 25, you’ll be able to purchase toys from Nook’s Cranny and find holiday-themed clothing at the Able Sisters shop. When it’s officially Toy Day on Dec. 24, Jingle will pay a special visit to your island to spread holiday cheer. If you help him deliver presents, you’ll also receive a gift!
  • Reactions and Hairstyles – Nine new Reactions will be available with this update, which can be obtained by redeeming Nook Miles at the Nook Stop terminal located in Resident Services. Six new hairstyle options can also be acquired by redeeming Nook Miles, so get ready to express yourself and let your personality shine!
  • Home Storage Upgrade – If you’ve expanded your in-game home to its largest size and paid off your debt, you’ll now be able to apply for a home storage expansion by speaking to Tom Nook at Resident Services. Congrats on achieving the next level of home ownership. This will expand your home storage to 2400 slots. Think of all the items you can now store and access from the comfort of your island home!
  • Visit Random Islands in Dreams – Have you enjoyed dozing off and visiting other islands within dreams? Now you’ll be able to choose to visit random islands while dreaming, opening up new vistas of inspiration for your own island customizations.
  • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp Collaboration – To commemorate Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s third anniversary, a Pocket Camp smartphone model will become available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. To receive this smartphone model, you’ll need to link both the Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp app and Animal Crossing: New Horizons to your Nintendo account.
  • Island and Resident Data Transfers – Two new features are arriving to offer expanded flexibility for your island and resident data. The whole island transfer feature will enable you to move your user save data, along with the island itself and all the residents, to another system. This service will be facilitated by the free Island Transfer Tool app in Nintendo eShop. For players who are not the island’s Resident Representative, a single-player transfer feature allows you to transfer resident data to another system. This includes your resident’s name, appearance and equipment, along with your inventory, home and storage. Additional details about the benefits and limitations of these new data transfer services can be found at
  • Seasonal Items to Celebrate New Year’s Eve – New seasonal items will be available starting Dec. 1 at Nook Stop. Between Dec. 26 and Dec. 31, there will also be several festive items to commemorate New Year’s Eve. In addition to the update content, you can look forward to a countdown event starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31. With Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can meet in-game to ring in the new year with friends, family and your island residents!

Finally, the next update is planned for late January and will feature Pavé.


PlayStation 5 System Update

Sony has started distributing the 20.02-02.25.00 system update for PlayStation 5, which is 866MB large. The update is said to “improve system performance”, but no detailed description is available at the moment.

The update however does not seem to fix the download queue bug in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, among other games.

PlayStation 5 launches on the 19th of November in Europe, following it’s initial release in the US, Japan and other territories last week.

Source: IGN

What We’ve Learned From the Capcom Ransomware Leaks

On the 2nd of November 2020 Capcom was hit by a customised ransomware attack following unauthorised access to its network. Capcom didn’t pay and now the hackers are releasing a ton of information on 4chan.

A summary:

  • Resident Evil Village details (Current-gen release, April launch, Demo before release)
  • New multiplayer Resident Evil referred to internally as Project Highway/Village Online. It’s a Battle Royale of some sort.
  • New Ace Attorney collection for PS4 and Switch (AA1-3 and DGS1-2)
  • New project codenamed “GUILLOTINE” for Switch in February, other platforms in May
  • Unannounced project “Reiwa” in May, no platforms mentioned
  • Monster Hunter Rise on PC releasing October 2021(?). Demos for Switch in January and March
  • Monster Hunter Stories 2 on PC. Targeting June 2021 Switch/PC release. Single-player, online co-op and PvP modes. Paid DLC expansions, free post-launch co-op quests, cosmetic MTX, and amiibo support planned.
  • Resident Evil 4 for Oculus VR
  • New Shooter Multiplayer game titled “SHIELD” geared towards streamers
  • Source Code for DMC2 and Umbrella Chronicles
  • Stadia paid Capcom $10 million USD to put RE7 and RE8 on the platform. Sony paid $5 million USD for RE7 VR/timed DLC/demo exclusivity.

Source: ResetEra

New Secret Door in PS5 Demon’s Soul Remake

Located behind an illusory wall at the end of an alley way in the Tower Knight Archstone area of the game is a mysterious door that wasn’t there in the original game.

Interacting with the door leads to a message that says, “It appears to be locked.” This indicates a mechanism that will open the door.

Using the game’s photo mode, reddit user Cosmic-Vagabond was able to sneak a peek at what lies on the other side. The door, apparently, leads to a terrace. On that terrace appears to be a dead knight with a small, glowing orb on it. In Demon’s Souls, orbs like this represent items.

For now though, the door remains locked.

Source: Siliconera

Physicality Games Cancels All Pre-orders

In an open letter on their website Physicality Games announced that they would be cancelling all their pre-order titles and start the process of refunding them.

[…] after eight months of sustained effort we failed to achieve sufficient pre-orders for any of our exclusive pre-order titles.

We have therefore decided to cancel our exclusive pre-order titles and will begin processing full refunds to our customers per our guarantee. 

Community functions, and other store items, will still be available on the website. According to a tweet on the company’s official Twitter account, all the refunds are processed manually and the company is working to get through them “as quickly as possible.”

Source: Siliconera