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Animal Crossing: Grand Expanse (Japanese 大どうぶつの森 Great Animal Forest) is a fanon game made for the Animal Crossing series & planned for release on the Nintendo Switch. It returns to the town formula in previous iterations of the franchise, expanding on customization to optimize the player’s flexibility in building & maintaining a dream village.
|Animal Crossing: Grand Expanse|
The game immediately begins with a cutscene in the player character’s first-person perspective, as they ride on a bus. Rover, sitting close by, will become curious and ask the player who they are and where they’re going. This questionnaire decides the player’s initial name & gender, as well as the town name & environment; the bus driver then announces that they are nearing the newly named town. After a brief scene showing the vehicle coming into the town, the view switches to its usual top-down perspective as the player gets off the bus in front of the town hall.
The player is free to walk around their town, meet neighbors, and even find & enter their house, but events will only progress if they enter the town hall and get the Profile app onto their LeaPhone to register themselves as an official resident. When the player approaches their home after this, Tom Nook will be waiting nearby. He explains that he was happy to fund their new residence, and that they could pay the mortgage for this house at any time they wish.
The focus of Grand Horizons is providing a sense of natural rank progression while the game is played. When the player first moves into their town, they are simply considered a neighbor to other villagers, and are limited to ordinary work such as fishing or growing flora. As they improve the town’s living conditions through their efforts, certain characters might notice these deeds and offer the player accessibility to new customization options, usually through permits; this allows them to fund larger projects, like terraforming or building bridges.
- Left stick: Movement.
- L trigger: Open LeaPhone.
- ZL trigger: Instantly open assigned LeaPhone app.
- Up button: Open tool ring.
- Left button: Cycle held items leftward.
- Right button: Cycle held items rightward.
- Down button: Put away held item.
- Right stick: Camera panning.
- R trigger: Open Reactions ring.
- ZR trigger: Open keyboard.
- X button: Open pockets.
- Y button: Pick up items.
- A button: Use held item.
- B button: Speed up dialgoue; hold to run.
- LeaPhone G: Immediately available to the player; this tool functions much like the NookPhone from New Horizons, having multiple applications with important features.
- Call: Lets the player contact villagers from afar, or any of their online friends.
- Camera: Captures images. After taking pictures, the player can choose which ones to save to the Switch’s album.
- Message: Similar to Call, except the player sends text messages to villagers or friends.
- Map: Displays the town geography, buildings, & residents.
- DIY: Lists furniture & clothing that the player has learned to craft, as well as their material requirements.
- Profile: A virtual passport for the player’s friends to see.
- Finder: The phone’s search engine, which lets the player view information about their collectibles. Later on, furniture, clothing, & commodities can be purchased from here.
- Gold Points: Accesses the player’s Gold Points bank. These Points are a digital currency which can purchase items exclusive to its online shop.
- Emergency: If the player gets stuck anywhere, this app contracts a rescue service to help them.
- Landscaper permit: Given by Tom Nook if the player has paid off their first debt & grown at least 25 new plants. They can then purchase the Cliff Spade, the Water Spade, & the Path Trowel at the upgraded Nook store; these enable terraforming of land & bodies of water respectively, as well as paving.
- Town representative certificate
- Mayor's certificate
- Expansion permit
- Town: The player character’s home & the main setting of the game. Its initial name & environment are dependent on the player’s answers to Rover’s questions (see table below for all environments). Its size begins at 7 by 7 acres, but expansion permits can increase this to a maximum of 32 by 32 acres. Only 10 villagers can move in at first, and after new plots can be purchased, up to 30 animal villagers can live in a single town.
- table in progress
- Town Hall
- Post Office
|Player||A human boy/girl who moves into the town.|
|Tom Nook||A male tanuki who runs his eponymous store in the town.|
Villager list TBA
Catchable creatures that appear across the town. Full tables listing them are in progress; will appear below.
The player obtains these by digging marked spots with a shovel.
- Shining Spots
- Town Tune
- K.K. Songs
- Custom Music
- Spring. Northern: March to May, southern: September to November.
- Summer. Northern: June to August, southern: December to February.
- Autumn. Northern: September to November, southern: March to May.
- Winter. Northern: December to February, southern: June to August.
- Shooting Stars