Up to eight players can all play together on one island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Four residents of the same island can play together simultaneously on a single system (4 player couch co-op). Additional players can join via local wireless (additional systems and copies of the game are required) or online co-op (an active Nintendo Switch Online membership is required). While playing together, one player acts as the host. The camera follows the host as they move around the island and into shops/other areas (players follow the host into these areas, too). The host can be changed to another player during a session. All players work together to gather materials and build a new community on the island.
For the eight player combo co-op, you're free to mix and match couch co-op with local wireless or online (not both) in any number of ways as long as the player count does not exceed eight. For instance, four players on one Switch (couch co-op) are joined by four players on another Switch (couch co-op) via an online connection; or two players on one Switch are joined by four players on another Switch and two single players on two different Switch systems via local wireless connections; or two players on one Switch are joined by six single players on six different Switch systems via online connections.
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