French publication 20 Minutes has had the opportunity to chat with Animal Crossing: New Horizons developer Aya Kyogoku about the popular Nintendo Switch video game. Kyogoku told the site that the team always wants to ensure that when they embark on a new Animal Crossing game they want to create the best possible version that they can at the time. Kyogoku also said that they want to preserve the “memories and affection” and the nostalgia of older titles in the franchise and incorporate it into the newer ones.
“With each development [cycle], we always want to ensure that the most recent entry is the best game possible. It was the case with New Leaf and still is with New Horizons. But everyone, in particular the fans, have their favorite game [in the series]. I believe it’s part of the charm of having long running franchises like Animal Crossing – players talk about the differences, the evolution from one game to another. We don’t want to ruin the memories and affection they have for the older games – we always keep that in mind, we actually want them to keep the memories they have experienced during their lives in the different Animal Crossing games, as well of the events of their lives that they had traversed at the time they were playing.”