A new feature has been added to the design mode of the game. Let’s go over the details.
A new selection mode has been added to the game. You can access it by first entering the design (AKA edit) mode (the four arrow icon). There are two ways to activate it.
From there you can follow the on screen instructions.
Once you have finished drawing the selection you can now move the entire group as one unit. Any simple placement will show up highlighted green.
Dragging of the selection can be done by tapping on any of the items in the selection group. Nearly all empty space, spaces that aren’t highlighted green which might be between two items or areas outside of the selection, can be used to drag the screen instead.
Sometimes there may be an issue to resolve. Selections can’t be placed onto roads (for most items). The selection base shows in orange. But this is easily resolved by removing the road (or river) if you select “yes”.
Placing an item over another item — the selection base will turn blue — will offer up a chance to “swap” the items. The items selected will still need to be placed somewhere highlighted green. If the swap is canceled while the items are overlapping the changes can be reverted. This can be done up to 5 times before either placing or resetting.
Any invalid location (mainly the ocean and the mountains) for an item will show up as red and will not be allowed.
The largest selection that can be drawn is 32 by 32 (the size of a square of 4 land plots). Your selection will include the full item even if only the edge of an item is selected. Which means it’s possible to select a group of items wider than 32 by 32.
Once the area-selection tool is activated the following are dimmed and are unselectable: roads (including water and pavement), pier tiles, unstoreable and restricted placement items (such as the Springfield Heights tunnel, Squidport entrance, the ornate pier entrance), and characters (including NPCs).
Setting the visibility on items before using the “lasso” will also dim those items and exclude them from the selection. Another new addition is separate visibility of “leisure”, “walls”, and “nature” instead of the single “decoration” category. This allows for a more precise selection to be made.
Lastly, the selected group can be sold or stored in bulk. A pop-up will inform you about the number of items to be sold or stored and if any of them include associated characters and if any number of the items are unstoreable. Just confirm and continue with storing or selling the items.