will include 383 villagers who can visit your new deserted island, but it’s not clear if that’s the full number.Confirmed in a tweet from Tom Nook himself (on the various Animal Crossing Twitter accounts), it will be the highest number of villagers included at the launch of an Animal Crossing game. But it’s not yet clear if that’s all of them.
Thank goodness it’s Friday, as they say! Yes, yes! We’re busy sending information about the deserted island getaway package to all of our Nook’s Homes customers. That’s a whopping 383 letters… You can be sure we’re pouring our heart and soul into each and every one! #ACNH pic.twitter.com/fHbF3rHHHN
— Tom Nook UK (@AC_Isabelle) February 21, 2020
The confusion on the total number stems from the wording of that tweet (and another from the Japanese version of the Twitter account). It specifically mentions getting in touch with customers of Nook’s Homes, which was a shop in the last game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Some have interpreted this to mean that there will be 383 returning villagers, with brand new additions to the roster not included.
New Leaf launched with 333 villagers, with that number expanding to 399 after the Welcome Amiibo update. Up until New Leaf, the series as a whole has comprised 472 villagers, with only 43 appearing in every game, including spin-offs.
We don’t know the full 383 as yet, but you can check out every new and returning villager we’ve spotted so far in the slideshow below, or in more detail on our Animal Crossing: New Horizons Wiki.
Every Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villager
We’ve learned a lot more about New Horizons in the last few days. Yesterday’s Animal Crossing Direct included a glut of new information, and our own Miranda Sanchez played the first 30 minutes of the game, saying it “doesn’t seem like it’ll be a major departure from what we know and love about Animal Crossing, but it sure does seem to have plenty of quality-of-life improvements and better customization options that’ll likely keep it as engaging as ever.”
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News, and he will be restarting the game repeatedly until he gets Axel in his village. Follow him on Twitter.