Summer's here and the time is right for diving in the seas.

You knew when you bought Animal Crossing: New Horizons on release day that it would be keeping you busy for quite some time, and Nintendo is not about to give you the summer off. On the contrary, they’ve just announced a series of free updates that will include the ability to swim and dive for sea creatures.

Of course, you’ll also get some fresh faces and new items such as mermaid-themed furniture. They’ll roll out of the course of the summer, beginning on July 3rd. Here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • Swimming and Diving – Grab a wet suit and get aquatically acquainted with your island marine life when swimming and diving arrive to Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Swim in the inviting waters off the coast of your island and dive to discover and scoop up sea creatures that inhabit your island’s ecosystem. Keep your eyes peeled for any prospective additions to the museum, and make sure to listen for fun facts from Blathers when you donate your new discoveries.
  • Pascal Brings Rewarding Recipes – While swimming, you might meet someone new! The friendly visitor Pascal seems to love scallops, and if you discover one while diving, he may ask you if he can have it. As a thank you, he’ll share some of his mermaid-themed DIY recipes.
  • Gulliver? – After downloading the free update, a familiar face will occasionally wash up on shore, but sporting slightly different, pirate-like clothing. Offer him a helping hand and he’ll send a special reward to show his gratitude.

And this is just the new content for July; another update is scheduled for release in early August, with details to come.

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