It’s no secret that we’re a teeny tiny bit obsessed with Animal Crossing. We got the game two weeks ago and have since learned how to capture tarantulas, completely abandon all our real-life responsibilities, and function without sleep. Then, this morning, they announced that on July 30, they’re basically adding astral projection via the Dream Suite.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can design your island to look any way you want. And, if you follow WitchTok, are a modern witch, or just love the witch aesthetic, then you’ve noticed that the game already includes plenty of ways to design your island in a witchy way.
Early on, you can get a “fortune telling” set that comes complete with an amethyst crystal ball for scrying, candles, and a tarot deck. Saharah will sell you a purple rug that looks awfully similar to this astrological one on Killstar. You can also build Stonehenge if you collect enough rocks, which is great because we needed an excuse to move our rock collecting problem into a virtual plane of existence.
But the Wave 2 update (cute pun, Nintendo, but we raise you these) comes with the ability to explore other islands while you’re in the dream suite, all with the help of a tapir named Luna. That sounds pretty much exactly like the definition of astral projection — something the CIA studied as part of Project Center Lane in the 1980s, and something that would be really useful during bad Tinder dates. Oh, you don’t “believe” in tipping more than 10%? Excuse us while we exit the physical realm.
The concept of astral projection is nothing new. According to an official CIA doc: “Human consciousness is nothing but an intersection of energy planes that forms a hologram able to travel through spacetime — across the universe, and into the past, present, and future.” And we can’t wait to use it to hop into dreamland and astral travel our way across town to hang out at our friends’ houses, hit the bar, and accidentally set fire to part of the island with our new fireworks. Ah, summer.
How Do You Access the Dream Suite?
- Get dressed in your default outfit. You can’t travel in a wand outfit.
- Lay down on your bed.
- Choose to get sleep.
It’s that easy. Do that, and Luna will come visit you.
What Can You Do in the Dream Suite?
- Explore someone else’s island. Do this by selecting “I want to dream” and entering a Dream Address (DA code)
- Share a dream so others can visit your island. You can only do this once per day, though, and their experience will match the island exactly as it was when you were dreaming (if it’s nighttime when you dream, it’ll be nighttime when they visit.). Your latest upload will overwrite your previous one.
- You can interact with everything, but you can’t bring anything with you or take anything back, except for custom designs. Like in most dreams!
Here’s What Twitter Has Had to Say About Dream State So Far
Better get to it.
Me, a few weeks ago, a fool: Man I really hope they add the Dream Suite to Animal Crossing.
Me, now, looking at my messy, unfinished island: …Shit.
— Gilly 💙 Blue Lace Island (@bluelacegilly) July 29, 2020
They done added Astral Projection to Animal Crossing. https://t.co/wIgkXoxa2u
— THOMAS BLACK ☩ (@OhThomasss) July 28, 2020
I AM ALREADY DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH LUNA, THE SPIRIT NURSE WHO GUIDES YOU THROUGH ASTRAL PROJECTION/DREAM WALKING IN ANIMAL CROSSING
— 🌈🔮Fae🖤ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER🌈🐊WEAR A MASK😷 (@VVitchDagger) July 28, 2020
Oh, you wanted to craft two things at once? Nah.
of course the new animal crossing update includes astral projection. why wouldn’t it? nintendo execs sat around in a room and were like, what should we put in the next update to this wacky kids game? howabout a feature where you can fall asleep and haunt alternate dimensions
— dom nero (@dominicknero) July 28, 2020
Nintendo is listening.
my reddit goes from animal crossing to astral projection and idc hahaha
— chels (@chelseaarowell) May 29, 2020
Can you see the future?
Would be cool if they patched astral projection into animal crossing lol
— Jakob (@CIAschizo) March 24, 2020
It’s called making money, kid.
I opened my Animal Crossing town for that dream suite thing, and the first person to visit was a 5-year-old girl who told her mom that my AC house, where I am storing 2,680 turnips, was a mess and to pick it up.
Five year old has a better town than me. 😭
— Noelle Schon (@SchonN2) July 30, 2020