When Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches next year, it will come with the ability for players to decide exactly where they want animal houses to be placed on their island.

In an interview with IGN, game director Aya Kyogoku revealed that animals will check-in with the player before building their home — and the player can direct them to a new location if their animal’s proposed one isn’t ideal.

“Nogami said that when you first arrive on the island through Nook Inc. Deserted Island Getaway Package, you’ll arrive with two or so other random Islanders who chose to participate in the package as well,” reads the article. “Nogami said because they invested in this package that they have as much of a right to stay on the island as you do. However, Kyogoku said before they choose a spot for their home, they’ll check with you to see if it’s okay. If you don’t like where they settle down you can tell them you don’t want to build in that particular spot and move their house location to wherever you see fit.”

In early games like Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Animal Crossing: City Folk, animals would move in at designated locations atop signage around a player’s village.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS, however, this changed: Animals could move in wherever they pleased without any input from the player.

This caused some stress for players with custom paths or flower gardens around their town, as animals could potentially build a house in the middle of their creations.

Kyogoku also shares that the player will be arriving at their deserted island with two other animals, and that the relationship between the player and these animals will be quite different when compared to past games.

“Back in New Leaf when a player moves to a new village, there are already pre-existing villagers that were there. They were kind of teaching you how things worked in the village, so you were kind of a newbie in a village,” Kyogoku said. “With [New Horizons], because you’re moving to a deserted island with other animals, the relationship that you have with these two first couple of animals is you’re kind of on the same starting ground. It’s a very new type of a relationship.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will launch on March 20th, 2020.

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