Animal Crossing's Tom Nook isn't a bad guy and actually reinvests money into the community, says Nintendo.
Nintendo’s Aya Kyogoku and Hisashi Nogami recently sat down with IGN to discuss the upcoming title. Kyogoku and Nogami both explained Tom Nook's role in the series and how he is actually a pretty great guy since he doesn't charge players interest on loans and patiently waits to be repaid, regardless of how long that may be. More importantly, Kyogoku described how Nook takes Bells and reinvests them back into the growing community.
"Tom Nook, this time around, he has this place called Resident Services. He tirelessly works 24 hours making sure that all the residents on the island are happy and are living a good life. Whenever Tom receives those debts paid back from the residents and the players, I think that because these resident services upgrade as time goes on, I think he’s investing that money toward the Resident Service for the residents," said Kyogoku.
There will be a new form of currency in Animal Crossing: New Horizons called Nook Miles. These will be earned by completing various types of activities like fishing or crafting.
The new currency aims to circumvent a problem that the previous game had by only using Bells. Previously, players would see a rare item, such as a certain beetle that sold for a high price. Players would then focus on acquiring said object and ignore other common items that still had value.
Despite the implementation of this and a few other new features into the game, players can expect a similar feeling of progression as they develop their own town. As a fundamental part of the game, establishing your town from scratch will make older players feel right at home.
To keep things fresh, Nogami stated that elements and buildings of the town will not unlock in the same order as New Leaf.
Although fans are eager to play the long-awaited next game in the series, many were disappointed to learn that they must wait a little longer. Animal Crossing: New Horizons was delayed until March 20, 2020, in order to establish an appropriate work-life balance for the developing team.