nimal Crossing[a] is a social simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo and created by Katsuya Eguchi. In Animal Crossing, the player character is a human who lives in a village inhabited by various anthropomorphic animals, carrying out various activities such as fishing, bug catching, fossil hunting. The series is notable for its open-ended gameplay and extensive use of the video game consoles' internal clock and calendar to simulate real passage of time.
A game in the series for Nintendo Switch was announced in a Nintendo Direct in September 2018. Set on a deserted island, it is scheduled for release March 20, 2020.