If we look outside of Nintendo, another racing game, Forza Horizon 4, took a totally different approach to its game updates and built its foundations on a platform that recently saw its 37th update. Forza Horizon 4 launched in 2018 and was supported by a bevy of new cars, paid expansions from Fortune Island and LEGO Speed Champions, iconic cars from franchises like James Bond, a collaboration with Top Gear, a battle royale-style mode called The Eliminator, a returning feature in the Horizon Promo, and much more. Support for Forza Horizon 4 has slowed down in preparation for the release of Forza Horizon 5, but it was steady and significant for nearly three years.

 

Of course, one of the benchmark live service games is Destiny 2, which launched in 2017 as a traditional first-person shooter and has since transitioned to a free-to-play game that is much more online. with an MMO. It has seen numerous expansions and has many more on the way.

 

Destiny 2 has also become more than just a game, as a quick stroll through its community will show you constant conversations with devs about how to improve it, works of art that feed on the best it has to offer, celebrations when players they discover a rare Exotic from a Legendary, and even events like GuardianCon that started as a kind of reunion with a shared love for the game that is now raising more than $ 3.7 million for charity. Bungie herself even participates in these events and raised more than $ 400,000 in 2019.

 

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons community has a similar passion for the game and the content created by the community is truly impressive. These creations rose to prominence when Animal Crossing went on sale during the COVID-19 pandemic, which kept many of us locked up for long periods of time and away from loved ones. It brought the world together during one of its darkest moments, and that need for unity helped propel the game into something like a community beacon of hope.

 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a game that is destined to become their own thing, to which many people have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours without thinking of leaving. So why did Nintendo decide to stop supporting it? Well, probably because Nintendo never does what we think it should do.

 

We're talking about a company that chose not to bring a thriving Virtual Console on Wii U with games from the NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and TurboGrafx-16 to Nintendo Switch. Many imagined that a new way to play these classic titles would be on the way shortly after their release in 2017, but we're only getting a small list of Nintendo 64 games four years after launch.

 

Speaking of Nintendo 64 games, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service, which includes some of the console's biggest hits alongside SEGA games, includes the Animal Crossing: New Horizons DLC, Happy Home Paradise, as a bonus subscription plan.