Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, the smartphone entry in the long-running Nintendo franchise, has been updated with a pair of new augmented reality (AR) features. The first, AR Camera, lets you place characters and furniture from games in the real world and photograph them. Meanwhile, the AR Cabin feature allows players to decorate a virtual cabin, fill it with characters, and then view it in augmented reality from their smartphone.
Along with the new AR mode, Nintendo says the updates mean more areas in each campsite can place furniture and items in it.
Unfortunately, the new feature has increased the game system requirements, and the previous game version is now unusable after the update. A support post notes that iPhone users now need a minimum iOS version 11 (or ideally iOS 13 and higher) than iOS 9, which was a previous requirement. Android users, meanwhile, should now run Android 5 or higher on 64-bit devices with at least 1.5 GB RAM. That’s up from the previous requirements of Android version 4.4 and 1.5 GB RAM.
According to the same support document, “Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp cannot be downloaded or played on devices that are no longer supported.” The change made some players angry. Replies to Pocket Camp’s official Twitter account were filled with complaints from players who were no longer able to access the game after the update. A particular issue appears to be a requirement for 64-bit Android devices, with some players reporting that they cannot run games on their 64-bit hardware due to the 32-bit operating system.
“In certain cases, some devices may not be supported even when they meet the conditions listed,” a support post about the update from last month.
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Nintendo says that saved data can be transferred to a new device if players have linked their Nintendo Account with their game. When setting up a new device, you will need to select the “Link Nintendo Account” option when starting the game for the first time, which will allow you to import your existing saved data. Note that Leaf Tickets, an in-game currency that can be purchased for real money, cannot be transferred between Android and iOS devices.
To coincide with the update, Nintendo is offering a free one-month “Furniture & Fashion Plan,” which offers benefits such as greater storage and the opportunity to acquire exclusive furniture and clothing. Subscriptions usually cost $7.99 (£7.99 / €8.99) a month. On the other hand, if you are one of those players who no longer owns a game-capable device, Nintendo recommends that you cancel any in-game subscriptions to prevent future bills.