Animal Crossing Free Summer Update #1 Set to Make Quite the Splash

A free update is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons next week. It’s the first of two Free Summer Updates making waves for players and their island residents.

On July 3, 2020, the ocean will finally open up in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The free update will grant players the ability to swim and dive into the vast waters surrounding their island. However, that’s just one part of the Free Summer Update #1 that is sure to float your boat.

Nintendo dives head-first into the rest with the Wave 1 preview.

In addition to the added swimming feature, the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Free Summer Update #1 will also import two helpful islanders, Pascal and everyone’s favorite beached-bird Gulliver. Both will bring unique and welcome rewards, should you encounter and help them.

Pascal Brings Rewarding Recipes – While swimming, you might meet someone new! The friendly visitor Pascal seems to love scallops, and if you discover one while diving, he may ask you if he can have it. As a thank you, he’ll share some of his mermaid-themed DIY recipes.

Gulliver? – After downloading the free update, a familiar face will occasionally wash up on shore, but sporting slightly different, pirate-like clothing. Offer him a helping hand and he’ll send a special reward to show his gratitude.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Free Summer Update #1 releases on Nintendo Switch July 3, 2020. Free Summer Update #2 is set to release in August. Stay tuned for more.