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Animal Crossing: New Horizons summer update brings diving, new sea creatures, and more Gulliver

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (opens in new tab) will get its summer update on July 3, bringing diving, new sea creatures, characters, and mermaid DIY recipes with it. 

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You've been living next to the ocean in Animal Crossing for months, and now you can finally jump into it for a swim. Dive in and you'll find new oceanic bottom dwellers like eels, anemones, and starfish that you can then present to Blathers. It means that no matter how dedicated you've been, there's a whole new list of museum pieces to find. Our feathered god of knowledge's intellectual appetite can never be sated. 

Another new addition is a cute little guy, Pascal the Otter, who will swap scallops for mermaid-themed DIY recipes. We got a glimpse of the results in the trailer, and it's a wet princesses dream set up, with a pink shell theme. Think Ariel meets Lady Gaga. 

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Gulliver is back too, though he seems to have had some kind of pirate makeover for the summer season. At this point is anyone else worried that the poor guy is really in some sort of life crisis and we're just enabling him? Either way, help him out and you'll get a special reward. 

Nintendo added that this won't be the only update over hot Gulliver summer, with another one planned for early August. Hopefully, not the climate change themed destruction of us all. 

Looking to add some more designs to your island? Here's our pick of the best Animal Crossing: New Horizons design codes (opens in new tab)

Rachel Weber is the US Managing Editor of GamesRadar+ and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She joined GamesRadar+ in 2017, revitalizing the news coverage and building new processes and strategies for the US team.