Nintendo has announced its first Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer update, which is set to be released this July. The update will add in new features like swimming and diving, along with new encounters with Pascal the Otter, more things to do with Gulliver, new creatures, and more. In this guide, we are going to take a look at the Summer update and give you a quick look at everything we know about how to swim and dive in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - How to Swim and Dive

As we mentioned above, the New Horizons Summer update is set to bring a couple of cool new changes to the game on July 3. The main new feature will allow players to finally leave the beach and begin swimming and diving. As you can see in the trailer below, to swim in New Horizons, players simply need to jump into the water and swim around. Further, players will be able to dive down to the ocean floor to pick up new items like sea stars and scallops. However, this feature will not be available until the update hits this July.

In addition to the new swimming and diving feature, players will also be able to encounter a new character named Pascal (you may remember him from New Leaf.) In New Horizons, it seems that he likes to hang out in the water and will appear when you find scallops. Based on the trailer, it looks like players will be able to give Pascal scallops in exchange for new DIY recipes. The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer update is also teasing a new encounter with Gulliver, which appears to offer some time of unannounced reward for helping him. 

The first of the Animal Crossing New Horizons Summer updates will be released on July 3, followed by a second update sometime in August. It seems that Nintendo is giving players plenty of things to do to keep them busy over the summer months, so get ready for a bunch of new content in the coming weeks. 

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In the meantime, there are still plenty of bugs and fish to catch in the game. Players will also be able to participate in the Bug Off event every third Saturday of the summer. If you don’t feel like doing chores and would rather just hang out, you can catch in-game shooting stars at a new time. If you’d like to know more about the game, be sure to check out some of our recent guides, which are linked below:

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