With the upcoming releases of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival, many long-time fans of the franchise are wondering what the future holds. Will Nintendo continue producing spin-offs, or will they go back to the tried and true formula Animal Crossing is known for? During E3, GamesBeat sat down with the franchise’s director, Aya Kyogoku, to find out what Nintendo and the Animal Crossing development team had planned, if anything at all. Kyogoku responded by saying that the development team is always thinking about what to do with the future of Animal Crossing.
Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival seem like decent games, I’m still waiting for a more traditional Animal Crossing. According to Kyogoku, it isn’t out of the question, but it’s also not set in stone either:
“We’re in full development for Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival. We’ve been focusing on that. When we think about Animal Crossing, including the main Animal Crossing series, as a development team we’re always thinking about what to do for the next installment. Whether that’ll be a cutout and an expansion of a certain feature or a full-blown Animal Crossing game, that hasn’t been decided yet, but as a team we’re constantly thinking about what we can do for the series in the future.”
— Aya Kyogoku
What do you want to see out of the
Animal Crossing franchise? Is there an aspect of the series that could make a good spin-off?