In GameXplain's latest E3 prediction video, there was an all round consensus it would release early next year.
They did agree the E3 direct would show off Animal Crossing at least.
Doesn't really matter what gamexplain opinion is on the matter to be honest. As said, XC2 did release in a same fashion where almost everyone thought it was getting delayed beyond 2017. There's no problem for them to do it with Animal Crossing.
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