- Aug 25, 2020
Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Summer Update - Wave 2 will arrive on July 30, 2020, and will bring with it a weekly fireworks show, that ability to visit other's islands while dreaming, and the long awaited Island Backup and Restoration Service. The Island Backup and Restoration Service was one that had been promised for a while and was of importance because, currently, if you were to lose or break your Switch, your island would be gone with it. With this new service, Nintendo Switch Online members can enable this new backup system that will automatically upload island and user save data to the internet at certain times. If you were to lose or break your switch, and this was enabled, Nintendo Customer Support would be able to get you back on your island as you last left it. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/07/28/animal-crossing-new-horizons-summer-update-wave-2-trailer"] Furthermore, Nintendo has reminded us that this is separate from the Save Data Cloud functionality offered for other games, so the option to move an island to another Switch that wasn't lost, stolen, or damaged is still not ready. However, later this year, Nintendo will release an update that will allow players to move users and save data to another system. As for the fireworks show, this will take place every Sunday at 7pm. Players can redeem Bells for raffle tickets in the plaza to "get various festive items." Players will even be able to upload custom firework designs to see their creations light up the night sky. Lastly, the dreaming feature will begin when players choose to take a nap in any bed placed in their home. Once asleep, Luna will greet you and give you a chance to visit other islands as a dream, or give you the chance to allow others to visit yours. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=animal-crossing-new-horizons-summer-update-wave-2-screenshots&captions=true"] This is different from visiting another island through multiplayer, as nothing you do is permanent or saved, so players are free to explore other's islands without consequence. All it takes to visit one of these dream islands is getting that person's "Dream Address." At the end of the video, a tease for the Fall Update was given and features a carved pumpkin, hinting that Halloween will be the focus. Additionally, this Summer Update is the second one that follows Wave 1 that brought ocean swimming, new characters, sea creatures, and much more. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected]. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.