Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was announced yesterday and was slated for release in late November 2017 for both iOS and Android devices. However, according to reports the game is currently available right now for Android users in Australia.
User James White (aka @Kin3tiK) was able to download the game from the Google Play Store and play it. Others in the user’s thread not only confirmed that the game was available but also shared the game’s Android Package Kit (APK) file or the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps. The iOS version isn’t available yet.
Mashable was able to confirm that the game was playable as well and even played the beginning hours of the game, creating a character, choosing a campsite theme, and playing through the tutorial. Press Start Australia also confirmed that the game was available.
Heavy contacted Nintendo for more info on the situation.
Update: YouTuber GameXplain confirmed that the game was pulled from the Australian Google Play Store.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has you customizing your own campsite with furniture. You can attract guests if you use their favorite furniture or raise their friendship levels according to a press release sent to Heavy.
Furniture is created by spending crafting materials and Bells acquired by filling requests for animal friends (such as giving them certain items) throughout different locations in the game. Then you use the touch screen to place them. Different furniture items have different attributes like cool or natural. Campsites can also have their own attributes but you’ll still be able to collect all items no matter which one you choose according to Mashable. You can also build larger amenities like pools.
A friendship meter is being introduced to the series, and rises as you complete requests for animals. According to Mashable, you move your character by dragging your finger across the screen. Catching bugs, fishing, and real-time day/night cycles return.
Materials can also be acquired by spending Leaf Tickets, which are either acquired by completing goals in the game or spending real-life money. Leaf Tickets can also buy items to earn you more bugs and fish, speed up the creation of furniture and amenities, and let you visit a mine to find minerals. According to the press release, you can also spend Leaf Tickets on unique camper exterior designs. Bells are acquired by selling items like bugs and minerals.
You can also go to the market place for furniture & clothing items to customize your character. Your facial features are also customizable including hair color, skin color, eye color, and gender.
You can also decorate your camper with furniture, paint jobs, and other exterior designs.
You can have other camp managers including your friends visit your camp site so you can trade items with them for Bells. To get friends to visit your camp site, all you have to do is send them your in-game Player ID. You can also visit their campsite and even complement their work.
There will also be seasonal events like Christmas with new furniture and outfits.
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