Wolfgang just gave me an idea of an Animal Crossing game set in a big city, but before any of the other Games.
Like Tom Nook and Redd would still be close and Labelle would still be working under Gracie Grace. Instead of Leif there would be one of Leif’s relatives (perhaps his mom?) and Shrunk and his Mentor would have their own club in the city.
You would be able to Rent an apartment in the game (obviously owned by Tom Nook) and eventually be able to buy it. When you start off with your job, it would be low wage, so you could room with a “villager” for the rent would be cheaper(though after you purchase an apartment you no longer have to pay rent). They’d only let you place certain furniture themes though (fairy-tale, modern, playful etc.) that fit with their “style” and they wouldn’t let you remove some of their furniture because it’s also their apartment
You could work with Blathers (University Librarian), Isabelle (Waitress), Shrunks Mentor (Janitor at the Club), Redd (deliveries of mysterious packages), Leif’s Relative (working at a flower shop), or Tom Nook (Checking up on the tenants and getting his money/packages). All the jobs start off as part time and you can do multiple jobs, but over time as you get promoted you learn more about the person you’re working for (their back stories and what not) and it takes up more time (no longer part time, and harder to hold multiple jobs)
Later on you could even purchase a terrace space from Nook where you plant and sell crops to other tenants and you get to know everybody and they move in and out just like the current games and yeah
I really want this to be a thing I’m so sorry