Nintendo just announced the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update wave 2 details. This is the second free update as a part of the summer update that saw wave 1 bring in swimming, diving, new donations for the museum, and more. Animal Crossing: New Horizons version 1.4.0 update patch notes will be available closer to launch later this week when this update goes live worldwide. Watch the trailer for today’s update bringing in save data backups (not for transfer to another system), fireworks, and more below:

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update wave 2 release date

The Summer Update wave 2 arrives on July 30 for free.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Summer Update new content and features

Nintendo announced the following new content and features coming to the game:

  • Fireworks Shows – Enjoy atmospheric fireworks lighting up the sky above your island every Sunday in August at 7 p.m. Get in the spirit by redeeming Bells for raffle tickets in the plaza to get various festive items that you can use. Put your personal spin on the fireworks display by using your own custom design pattern to see it shot in the air as a firework in the sky!
  • Dreaming – You can now choose to take a nap in any bed placed in your home. While dozing off, you may find yourself in a strange realm where you’ll be greeted by Luna. Luna offers visits to other islands as a dream, and with her help, you can share your island as a dream with others too. She will grant those who share their island a “Dream Address” which players can exchange and use to visit each other’s island in a dream. In dreams, nothing is permanent because nothing you do is saved, so explore to your heart’s content.
  • Island Backup & Restoration Service – Nintendo Switch Online members can enable the new island backup service, which automatically uploads island and user save data to the internet at certain times. If your Nintendo Switch system is lost or damaged, you may be able to recover your island paradise as long as you’ve enabled island backup. In the event of loss or damage, contact Nintendo Consumer Support about restoring the island and user save data on your new or repaired Nintendo Switch system. After your island data and individual player data is restored, you can get back to building your island community! Additional details can be found on the Nintendo Consumer Support page when the update goes live. The island backup feature is separate from the Save Data Cloud functionality offered for select Nintendo Switch games through Nintendo Switch Online. A function specific to Animal Crossing: New Horizons to move users and save data to another system is planned for later this year. Details will be announced in the future.

It is worth noting that the backup and restoration service being added here is separate from the Nintendo Switch Online backup and isn’t meant to be used to sync your save to another console. Details for transfer for moving to another system will be revealed later.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now available on Nintendo Switch. Read my review of it here.