“Don’t remodel your neighbors’ houses when the airport is open” sounds like one of those quirky, antiquated laws that got on the books a hundred years ago for a very reason and then forgotten, but right now it’s a very real rule to follow in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
A tweet from the official Nintendo UK account warns players not to go to local services and ask to model a neighbor’s house while the airport gates are open so they don’t experience inadvertent “gameplay” errors. The same tweet was made by the official Nintendo of Australia and New Zealand account, although Nintendo of America in particular has not said anything about it yet.
#AnimalCrossingNewHorizons Players who own the Happy Home Paradise DLC may experience gameplay errors if they visit Resident Services and ask for a resident’s home to be remodeled while the gates at their airport are open. [1/3]
– Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) November 5, 2021
You’re still good at remodeling your neighbors’ homes, just close the airport gates first. Nintendo says if you make this mistake and run into errors, you can just end the game session and restart the game without losing any data or facing any other problems. A patch will follow later this month that will prevent this from happening entirely.
It’s not exactly clear what gameplay flaws are being referred to here, but unless your island is exactly how you want it to be, it’s probably best to play it safe and avoid the airport. In general, opening the airport in Animal Crossing: New Horizons prohibits you from certain activities, such as using Island Designer to change grounds, sending emails, or buying items through Nook Shopping. And if a visitor is actually on your island, you cannot change the facility in the area they are in. So it makes sense that there may be a problem completely changing a neighbor’s house while your game is connected online.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Version 2.0 Update and Happy Home Paradise Screenshots
The ability to remodel your neighbors’ homes just appeared in-game today with Animal Crossing’s Happy Home Paradise DLC. If you’ve purchased the DLC, we have guides on how to unlock the new content and all the new activities you can do, as well as our general guide on everything else in the free portion of the Animal Crossing 2.0 update released earlier this week.
Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.