I’ll admit, I’ve barely played Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. The mobile game has been doing really well, but apparently, the game isn’t what it originally started as.
According to My Nintendo News, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp was originally titled Animal Crossing: Town Planner.
It was nothing like what the game is now. It was what the old title suggests.
Town Planner was going to be a game where you mainly clicked menu options. There was no avatar to move around or such. You were going to have a plot of land and build a town.
Characters aside, it sounds as though it was similar to Happy Home Designer, except your focus was the whole town and not individual houses.
This is supposedly why the mobile game was delayed so long. Other than building a town and visiting towns of others, there wasn’t much to do. Nintendo felt the game was too bare bones and didn’t think it would sell well. So they redid the game completely.
Thus, now we have Pocket Camp.
I do wonder what the game would be like if they kept it as Town Planner though. Pocket Camp seems close to being more like the main game and I would prefer that on a handheld. Town Planner sounds as though it would be like The Sims where you build houses and buildings on bare lots, which is my favorite part of The Sims.
Yes, there is Happy Home Designer, and it sounds like Town Planner didn’t have much as far as “gameplay” goes, but I would definitely be interested in trying it out.
Nintendo has a way of making things better than they seem and I’m curious what their original goals were.
What are your thoughts on this? How are you enjoying Pocket Camp? Let me know in the comments below!