2020’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons will not include direct integration with Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, a feature of the mobile game touted when it was originally announced.

In an interview with IGN, Animal Crossing: New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku said the decision was made due to the two titles’ sheer differences.

“We want to make sure to separate the gameplay because we feel they’re two different types of games,” Kyogoku said.

Integration with the mainline series of games was a feature first spoken of when Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was announced in 2016.

“Nintendo will design [Pocket Camp] so that it will be connected with the world of Animal Crossing for dedicated gaming systems,” a press release about Nintendo’s mobile gaming plans read. “By playing both Animal Crossing games, users will find increased enjoyment.”

When no such connectivity was found within the mainline title of the time, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, players expected the feature to arrive in the eventual sequel.

Although the games will not connect directly, IGN says “there are already collaboration items being planned for [New Horizons and Pocket Camp].”

What do you think of this revelation? What kind of collaboration are you hoping to see between the two games? Let us know in the comments and stay connected to Nintendo Wire for more E3 2019 news as it comes out!

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