We have seen many games that try to cash in on the success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons but it is shameless to take it to the next level. If you’ve browsed the Microsoft Store at all in the past hours, you may have stumbled upon a page for … you guessed it, a PC and mobile game with the same name.
Yes, the Microsoft Store sells “Animal Crossing New Horizons” by HugoStudioLab for only £ 2.49 / $ 2.99 – what a bargain!
Seriously though, aside from the name and some official artwork, there really is no resemblance to the real thing. Surprisingly it will be available from March 23 of this year. Here is the description and some screenshots. Remarkably similar to the arcade mobile game Crossy Roads:
“Animal Crossing New Horizons An animal farm has let its animals escape. Help them cross the city without being run over. – 5 different characters. – Increasing difficulty. – List of top scores.”
So, long story short – this is a Crossy Roads rip -off that is simply borrowing the name and some promotional artwork of Animal Crossing’s latest title for the Nintendo Switch.
If you’re wondering what’s going on here, it’s all tied to the fact that there seems to be little to no moderation in the Microsoft Store. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this, either. Just earlier this year, Microsoft’s Edge Extensions Store was reportedly hosting illegal copies of Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros. at Mario Kart 64.
We’re sure this list will be removed soon, otherwise Nintendo’s ninjas will no doubt be in the case. Oh, as well – don’t buy it!