Speaking on TechCrunch’s microphones, Charlie Scibetta of Nintendo of America stated that the company is very keen on the Animal Crossing franchise and that’s why he decided to postpone the launch of New Horizons.
Scibetta states that ” usually Nintendo does not launch games without making sure they are ready, complete and finished “, in the case of Animal Crossing ” we would have done wrong to the fans, launching a game not up to expectations. “
Hence the decision to postpone Animal Crossing New Horizons to 2020, rather than having it come out at the end of the year as originally planned: ” this is our approach and will never change. We want our games to be of the highest quality, it is certainly always a difficult decision to postpone a launch but we believe that this is the right decision for the team and for the players. “
The debut of Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch is expected for March 20, 2020, with support for online and local multiplayer for up to eight players.