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Singapore’s Sentosa island launches virtual island getaway on Animal Crossing


As everyone stays home in the fight against COVID-19, Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has launched Sentosa on Animal Crossing, a digital reimagination of Singapore’s very own Sentosa Island in the popular Nintendo Switch game,  Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The launch also marks the first Animal Crossing: New Horizons island getaway to be developed by a Singapore brand.

Released in March 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons has quickly gained a following globally with players escaping to their own virtual paradise while at home,  transforming  “uninhabited  islands” into perfect getaways that their families and friends can also “visit”.

Located at the southern tip of Singapore and minutes from the city, Sentosa is known to many as The State  of  Fun,  offering  a  diverse  array  of  unique  leisure  experiences,  all  on  one  island.  Sentosa on Animal  Crossing  thus  unlocks  further  possibilities  by leveraging on Sentosa’s iconic attractions and offerings  to  bring  its  island  charm into players’ homes. Players visiting Sentosa on Animal Crossing will be able to explore a recreation of Sentosa – from beach bars to nature trails and even a spot for some yoga by the beach (refer to annex for visuals of the offerings on the virtual Sentosa).

To #maketime for a virtual break and escape to Sentosa, players can register for one of the 36 free slots available each day to visit Sentosa on Animal Crossing (refer to “Getting to Sentosa on Animal Crossing” for details on registration).

Part of a series of free online leisure offerings, Sentosa on Animal Crossing is an illustration of SDC’s continuous efforts to explore innovative and novel solutions that deepen engagement with guests. Among other unique offerings launched recently for a Sentosa Stayhomecation:

Sentosa Beats Party, a series of curated beats by DJs who have graced the decks of Rumours

Beach Club and Tanjong Beach Club, to bring the beach club experience to guests at home.

Sunset Therapy, a daily dose of golden-hour-calm hosted on Sentosa’s Instagram page.

– Guests who are looking to liven up their video conferencing parties can tune in to the Sentosa Cocktail Club, a tutorial series on Sentosa’s Instagram page featuring expert tips on how to recreate some of the cocktails offered on Sentosa.

–      Virtual Yoga by the Beach, hosted on Sentosa’s Facebook page every Saturday at 4 pm until 30 May.

–      Keep  up  to  date  as  we  roll  out  more  ways  to indulge in a Sentosa Stayhomecation on the

“Through our virtual offerings,  we would like to encourage everyone to make time for an “island getaway” during these challenging times, as a break is important for one’s mental wellbeing”, said Lynette   Ang,   Chief   Marketing   Officer,   Sentosa   Development   Corporation.   “In   addition,   while exploring these  leisure  experiences,  guests  can  also  be  inspired  with  ideas  for  future  outings  to Sentosa.  We  are  planning  to  offer  more  novel  leisure  options  for  our  guests  and  very  much  look forward  to  welcoming everyone back to The State of Fun again soon. Meanwhile, until we see you again, do stay home and stay safe.”

Getting to Sentosa on Animal Crossing

Sentosa  on  Animal  Crossing  is  open  for  play  from SGT 10am to 12noon, 2pm to 4pm, and 6 pm to 8 pm.  Each  two-hour  window  features  three  sessions  of  30  minutes  each  and each session will be limited to four visitors for the best experience.

How to register for a session

  1. Register here for a chance to visit Sentosa on Animal Crossing!
  2. Answer our question of the week correctly and get a chance to be one of our virtual visitors. The four players who successfully register for each game session will receive an email confirmation. They will also receive another email containing a Dodo code 15 minutes before their slot.
  1. Visit the  “airport”  on your island,  key in the Dodo code and you will be transported to Sentosa on Animal Crossing!

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