A few other old-er friends are getting new roles in AC New Horizons. For example, Harvey ran the campground in New Leaf, but now runs a photo studio called Photopia on his own island. The studio consists of six rooms where you can run around and place any furniture that's in your Nook Shopping catalogue. All for free! Phototopia also works with Amiibos! Scan an Amiibo to summon that villager into your scene or you can summon any of the villagers on your island using the Resident Tab in any of the rooms, which looks like a purple cat icon. However, don't expect a heartfelt reunion with your villagers during your photo session. Villagers can be dressed in your wardrobe, and then dragged and dropped like furniture but not talked to or otherwise interacted with in any way. This has genuinely freaked out some players. On the bright side, if you scan an Amiibo in Phototopia, you then unlock a poster for that villager even if you don't take an official shot with them. You can then buy the poster for 1000 Animal Crossing bells from Nook Shopping at the Nook Stop.
Gulliver, the seagull sailor, is back! When he washes up on the beach you have to help him find five pieces of his broken cell phone. The pieces will squirt out of the sand just like a manila clam. It's kinda like his old challenges in Wild World and City Folk, where he was suddenly an astronaut for some reason, and you helped him find his UFO parts. In 2019, an 87-year-old grandma named Audrey went viral after her showing off her town in New Leaf, which she had spent a whopping 3580 hours on. Now, New Horizons has a new wolf character named Audie, which is Audrey's username in New Leaf. We're all happy to see one familiar face, Isabelle of New Leaf and Smash Bros fame. She's not on your island from the get-go though, you need to upgrade the Resident Services tent to the Resident Services Building before she shows up to help Tom Nook. She handles stuff like reporting villagers, island evaluations and the daily announcements.
The other character everyone wants to see is K.K. Slider. And don't worry he'll show up too, but only after you've earned a three-star rating in your island evaluation. You just have to work real hard at making your island, well worthy enough for a celebrity to notice. As for other characters, all previous animal types that have appeared in past games, appear in New Horizons. There are 397 possible villagers in New Horizons, both old and new. Seriously, it's dizzying.
At least 33 of these villagers are entirely new to New Horizons. We also have new NPC friends, like Orville and Wilbur, the Dodos who run the airline and are appropriately named after the Wright Brothers. However lovely they are, Orville and Wilbur seem to have taken the place of Kapp'n, whose job was literally to ferry you to an island. Orville and Wilbur were content not only to take Kapp'n's job, they took Pelly and Phyllis' as well. Pelly and Phyllis ran the post office but since you can just send post cards at the airport, you don't really need a post office anymore. The list of characters who are straight-up missing is actually pretty long.
Brewster used to run the Roost cafe, but now, he's nowhere to be seen. At least Crazy Redd is back after his initial absence, so there's still hope for our favorite NPCs. Like Dr. Shrunk! He would teach you different reactions, but in New Horizons you just learn reactions from your fellow villagers. So, unless Club LOL relocates, it looks like Dr. Shrunk is out of a job. Harriet ran the Shampoodle, but her whole livelihood has been replace by a mirror. I feel bad for her, but honestly, it's a lot easier to just pick the style and color you want without having to do guesswork.