Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp brings the simple life to your phone

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"The intellectual property is often underestimated, but chances are Animal Crossing on mobile can become a big hit", said Serkan Toto, founder of consultant Kantan Games.

It's a free game, so of course you'll run into microtransactions, but the passing glimpse we got of the game in the Direct makes me think these will be fairly mellow.

It's been a long wait but Animal Crossing for smartphones is finally coming. You can pre-register for the game right here.

The customization is also very interesting.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has a slightly different approach.

A trio of new characters is in charge of changing the camper's exterior and upgrading to a more spacious vehicle. There's character creation and more via the Happy Home Designer.

You can help out other animals on camp by collecting fruit for them. You can build furniture by gathering materials and taking them to resident carpenter Cyrus.

Bells are still the in-game currency of choice, though, and you can collect these in the usual way of shaking trees and selling items you don't need.

Tom Nook returns with the Leaf Tickets system, which are an all goal Joker that you can substitute for any material you're missing. The main difference is the camping theme, although numerous included activities and mechanics are borrowed from previous games.

The in-game items can be traded and used to build new furniture and amenities to personalise your camp or your campervan. Unfortunately, the inside space is limited, as opposed to the larger houses in the main games.

Unveiled earlier today, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is Nintendo's mobile free-to-play spin-off of the Animal Crossing series. The Leaft Tickets can be purchased with real money and will be useful for creating objects, getting materials more easily or to have exclusive designs for camp.

There will also be seasonal events like Christmas with new furniture and outfits.

Isabelle, who acts as the players' assistant in 2012's New Leaf, introduced fans to the video before a narrator took over, explaining the title's features. You can add your friends by entering their user ID. However, on Android it's possible to download the installation file (known as an.apk) from the internet and "side-load" it onto your Android device - this basically involves disabling the security measure which prevents you from installing apps outside of the Google Play store.

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