On Thursday, I booted up Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons after quite a while away. (I know, this is a consistent pattern.) I’ve left and returned so many times that I’ve grown used to the shaming from my villagers that absolutely awaits me. It’s just part of the experience now — my villagers are just going to have to get used to an absentee resident representative.
Anyway, I immediately headed over to the Resident Services building to purchase the new Reactions, one of which I was very excited about: the ability to sit down. On my way there, I passed a few villagers, all of whom seemed happy to see me (albeit with a bit of shade). Once I had the Reactions, I headed out in search of a villager to sit with. That’s when I spotted Beau, wearing his very cute reindeer sweater, sitting by the river. I plopped down next to him. And he left.
Now I am sitting alone, staring into the void. Unfortunately, I had a feeling this would happen. It’s happened before, plenty of times — just not with sitting on the ground. Occasionally, I will come across a villager, say, Rosie, sitting on a bench or a cushion. When I sit down to join, there’s a 99% chance she’ll just get up and leave. Meanwhile, when Samson over here is sitting on a bridge blocking my path, there’s literally nothing I can do to get him to get up.
So I’ve come to a conclusion: Sitting in New Horizons is just another way for my animals to passive-aggressively send me a message. I’ve only just gotten over returning to my island to immediately receive a scolding, and now I have to get used to this. This is, as one might say, a new horizon of loneliness.
It seems like other people are having the same experience, whether it’s sitting on the ground or on a chair, too. Some of us just can’t keep a villager around.
finally being able to sit with judy!! SIKEEEEE from AnimalCrossing
I'm so happy I can sit with my villag- from AnimalCrossing
pov: you try to sit next to someone and they leave you immediately#AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/A3Mly2GyAM— drunqoe (@drunqoe) July 25, 2020
With the new update, you can sit down on the ground with your villagers. How much you want to bet they’ll STILL get up and walk away once you sit down. #ACNH #AnimalCrossingNewHorizons #animalcrossing— CurryBread Crossing (@Curryacnh) November 17, 2020
Marshal, don't invite me to sit down if you're just going to immediately get up. #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/CCIQ8RQZun— Jordan Olling (@jordanolling) August 10, 2020
animal crossing villagers be like “i know a spot” and it’s the seat right next to them only for them to leave as soon as you sit down— Zo (@grootopia_ACNH) June 29, 2020
So if you need me, I’ll be over here sitting in a pile of leaves.
Everyone stop what you're doing and go sit in a pile of leaves. pic.twitter.com/dS8LOHwZOB— ~LaKenzie~ (@KenzieCrossing) November 19, 2020