In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, identical to in previous video games within the sequence, gamers are indebted to a raccoon named Tom Nook. With the intention to get forward within the recreation and increase your home, you’ll must repay ever-increasing loans, which might skyrocket to large sums. This premise has earned Nook one thing of a fame as being grasping and centered solely on cash. There are countless memes and wiki posts to this effect. However the creators behind the newest recreation within the sequence assume the business-minded raccoon is definitely misunderstood. “We expect Tom Nook is a really caring, actually nice man,” New Horizons producer Hisashi Nogami tells The Verge.
For Nogami, Nook isn’t essentially grasping. As a substitute, he believes the character’s money-centric nature is an indication of accountability. “He’s an grownup,” he says, “so he’s very cautious with cash.” Extra essential, in line with Nogami, is that Nook’s existence is the spine of your entire Animal Crossing expertise. If gamers didn’t have these big loans to repay, they wouldn’t spend a lot time fishing, catching bugs, and doing different issues to earn money. “It’s one of many greatest motivations that customers need to proceed taking part in Animal Crossing, and Tom Nook is the person behind that motivation,” he explains.
Whereas many Animal Crossing gamers have a detrimental notion of Nook — there’s in all probability a motive why Isabelle has turn out to be the sequence’s mascot — New Horizons director Aya Kyogoku believes gamers ought to in all probability be extra understanding of the character. “Even when we borrow cash from him and it takes time to pay him again, he by no means will get indignant, he by no means will get mad,” she says. “So if we might all attempt to be a little bit extra accountable and pay him again, it would make him a little bit happier.”
Animal Crossing: New Horizons launches on March 20th on the Nintendo Swap. Keep tuned for extra from our interview with Kyogoku and Nogami later this week.