The most recent major patch to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, version 1.2.0, added a bunch of new features. Lief the new gardening-focused NPC is joined by the art counterfeiting Redd and his ship of treasures. It’s a pretty fun little update that also introduced the new Nature Day event and related content.
A new rumor suggests that even more new features are headed to the game beyond this though. Prolific dataminer Ninji on Twitter has made the assertion that Nintendo could be planning to implement a major new feature. This new feature could be related to a “DreamID” mentioned in previous patch data. According to the speculation, Ninji suspects that Nintendo is working on some kind of offline sharing system for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The references in the code all seem to tie back to Dream Suite, hinting at something really cool.
The Dream Suite is a system that was introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf that would allow players to share their towns if they were offline. The code-based sharing system is actually a pretty nifty idea. But one has to wonder, how will they handle the large transfers of data. The game doesn’t support cloud saves, so a Dream Suite in ACNH would suggest that there are servers out there handling user island data that would come into play with Dream Suite. That of course assumes the game isn’t simply pushing a copy of island data in a stream to the user’s devices.
Nintendo has implemented sharing functions in ACNH for user-created content already, so they could very well be looking into expanding it. It’s possible that such a feature could be tied into the cloud save functionality that many users are clamoring for.
It’s important to be aware of the fact that this remains unconfirmed, and could be entirely off-base.