Some Animal Crossing: New Horizons players feel guilty for abandonment

Look, I get it. It’s been an odd previous year. Things are starting to open once again, however the pandemic still advances. Animal Crossing: New Horizons felt soothing in those early months, letting us do the important things we were no longer allowed to do. However as the months endured, tending to our islands ended up being a task. With no substantial brand-new updates, a great deal of gamers fell off the wagon, deserting our islands without even a farewell to our villagers.

The big New Horizons upgrade and its premium DLC was a much required surprise for gamers, and for numerous, it’s the important things that’s bringing us back to the video game. However if you’re like me, you’re most likely feeling some regret for leaving you villagers alone for a year — perhaps more. You’re dreading the inevitable cheeky responses from the folks left alone on the island.

Forgiveness: Don’t let your dilapidated island torture you. It’s time to come home.

Image: Nintendo, Chelsea Stark via Polygon

While I can’t make that go away — your islanders will still rib you for leaving them — I can help with the regret. That’s why I’m officially and legally minting this day as Dilapidated Animal Crossing Island Forgiveness Day. I’m inspired, of course, by ReplyAll’s Email Debt Forgiveness Day, a day in which you can reply to any email you’ve been needing to send — even if its months past due — without acknowledging how much time has passed.

No one’s judging you today. Heck, you don’t even have to talk to your villagers. Just, you know, dust off that Nintendo Switch and return back to your island. Your island may be in shambles, but you can start slow. Pick up a few branches. Pull up some weeds, if that’s your thing. When a villager comes up to you, just close your eyes — press buttons without reading until the interaction is over. You don’t need that negativity in your life. Not today!

Listen to me: Your villagers forgive you. I forgive you. Go now and garden to your hearts’ content, regret complimentary.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.