CEDEC 2020, a game developer conference, was held this past weekend. There, Nintendo had multiple Animal Crossing: New Horizons developers talk about the game, explaining how they created the game’s villagers. They said that, to make the villagers more interesting to players, the team wanted to diversify their appearance so that players would “want to interact with them and want to watch what they are doing”.
They start by making a simple silhouette, then use different textures to create the characters. Afterwards, the team gives more visual information to the characters by adding more details to their designs. The personalities are then decided next, with the team using real-life as an inspiration. Finally, they decide on the actions they do during gameplay.