2020's Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch has been nothing short of a critical and commercial success. However, popularity almost always comes with its fair share of problems. In New Horizons' case, it comes in the form of imitators. In a particular, a fake Animal Crossing game has popped up on the Microsoft Store.
Beware of the Fake Animal Crossing Game
Being exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, New Horizons has had players on other platforms begging for a port. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that's going to happen anytime soon. But, this hasn't stopped others from attempting to con interested players.
Perhaps the biggest con of them all is the fake Animal Crossing game listed on the Microsoft Store.
The game, which is listed as Animal Crossing New Horizons on the Microsoft Store, is currently being sold for $2.99 and couldn't be any more different from the Switch-exclusive title. Instead of having you create your own paradise, the fake Animal Crossing game has you helping farm animals who have escaped to cross the city streets safely and avoid being run over by cars.
According to the game's description the Microsoft Store, it has "5 different characters" with "difficulty increasing" and "table of top scores".
In any case, it shouldn't take a rocket scientist to tell that the fake Animal Crossing game is not an Xbox or PC port of Animal Crossing: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch. But, even though the game is an obvious fake, Microsoft doesn't seem interested in de-listing it anytime soon.
In fact, the fake Animal Crossing game has been listed on the Microsoft Store since March. This suggests that it's had quite a bit of time to fool people into thinking that it's a port of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Of course, this isn't to say that the developers were planning on scamming players outright. The name could have been a pure coincidence. After all, it's not like the fake Animal Crossing game on the Microsoft Store blatantly copied or used assets from Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Still, considering how protective Nintendo is of its IPs, it's safe to say that the days of the fake Animal Crossing game on the Microsoft Store are numbered now that a lot of people know about it.
Hopefully, you weren't one of those conned by the fake Animal Crossing game. If you were, tough luck. Then again, falling for such an obvious trick is on anyone who was fooled into buying the game. The $2.99 price point alone is enough of a red flag to make any gamer with a sensible mind stay away from the fake Animal Crossing game.
With that said, now that the fake Animal Crossing game has since gone viral, here's to hoping that the developers think about porting Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the PC, Xbox, and/or mobile platforms. We are well aware that the odds of that happening are slim to none. But, hey, weirder things have happened in recent years.
Who's to say that Nintendo won't change its mind if Microsoft pays it a hefty sum for the rights to a port on the Xbox and/or PC platforms?