Animal Crossing: New Horizons won’t support Cloud Saves Backup due to cheating concerns

10 months ago 11 Comments

One of the main benefits of subscribing to Nintendo Switch Online is the Save Data Cloud Backup feature, but it won’t be available with Animal Crossing: New Horizons unfortunately.

In an interview with the French outlet Gamekult, Animal Crossing: New Horizons Producer Higashi Nogami revealed that the game will not be compatible with cloud save backup. The reason he provided for the lack of support was ‘to avoid manipulating time, which remains one of the founding concepts of the series.

With the advent of cloud saves and automatic backup, how will you handle Mr. Resetti’s interventions?

HN: New Horizons will not be compatible with cloud backup, to avoid manipulating time, which remains one of the founding concepts of the series.

FEBRUARY 2020 UPDATE: Since this article was published in June 2019, new information has been released by Nintendo detailing a ‘limited ability to recover Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data from the server’. Learn more details in our Ultimate Animal Crossing: New Horizons Save Data Guide here.

Note that this is based on a Google translation, so the quote about manipulating time may not be perfect, but overall confirmation of no cloud saves can be trusted. We’re guessing their main concern is duplication of items by sending an item to a friend, then somehow loading a cloud save from beforehand.

To be honest, this is not much of a surprise and more of a confirmation of what was likely to happen. Splatoon 2 is another game on the Nintendo Switch which has cloud saves disabled due to similar cheating concerns, and Higashi Nogami is actually the producer of that game as well!

Regardless of the reasoning, this remains very disappointing as Animal Crossing is perhaps one of the flagship examples for cloud saves. The idea of losing their Animal Crossing town after putting in hundreds or thousands of hours is downright terrifying to some players, and cloud saves could have offered some relief.

To put it another way, the developers have essentially chosen to prioritize their concerns about cheating over our concerns of having our save files protected from data loss or a stolen/lost console. That’s a shame, but I can respect their desire to have the game remain as ‘pure’ as possible too. They make the game after all.

What do you think? Is this the right move to reduce the potential for cheating, or do you feel like Nintendo should have more concern for the safety of our islands? Let us know in the comments below.

Pre-orders are now open for Animal Crossing: New Horizons at AmazonGameStop, and Best Buy. Stay tuned to Animal Crossing World for more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons as we approach the release date next year.

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Celia

Oh no it’s awful if not saved in the cloud and we lose hours of time and start again then again it will put me off. I have pre ordered my game (2) last year.
It’s not good. I used to have to start ds over maybe 5 times with my granddaughter when small but she plays now herself.
Hoping they will find something. I gave a 64 g memory card so hope this will work x
I am 72 now and love animal crossing looking forward to the new one x

Angel

That’s unacceptable!! We’re actually paying for that terrible service.

Tiffany Adkins

Bullshit. OH WON’T CONNECT TO POCKET CAMP NOW. But hay guys items collaboration? Okaay…? Nobody cares if somebody cheats in animal crossing anyway. Kept the game alive even longer. Cause of people playing for years and couldn’t find “one” certain item. So somebody could power saved em it. Woow..such a biiiig deal.

Gery Horan

That’s ridiculous. This is not tournament play that you have to worry about “cheating.” People time travel in Animal Crossing in order to actually have time to play the game. Many people with kids can’t sit and play and ignore them during the day, so they play at night when the kids are in bed. Good luck accessing the stores when they’re closed in the game. People have lives and this is just a game. An EXPENSIVE game that the developers should support with cloud backup and the ability to set your clock to whatever time you want it to… Read more »

Kikki

I have some doubts about the reason being to prevent ‘cheating’, at least if ‘cheating’ = ‘time travel’. The devs made time-travel an open option in New Leaf, super easy to access the second you open the game…I don’t think they actually care about restricting it. Especially in work-crazy Japan where they must KNOW that a lot of people work long hours with no opportunity to boot up Animal Crossing, so if you want to experience all the content, you HAVE to time-travel eventually. So I have some hazy suspicions on other reasons they may want to bar cloud saves,… Read more »

manny

If hackers would stop cheating, none of this would even be necessary

lisax

This is so so bad. I was so excited to try out the new game and now I‘m even gonna freeze the preorder already cuz digital version was one point i didn‘t like in the bundle but no cloud data makes things even worse.

Kathleen Duckmanton

I so want the new ANIMAL CROSSINGS GAME & SWITCH. I LOVE THE GAME! PLAYIN POCKET CAMP NOW. CANNOT AFFORD TO BUY THE NEW STUFF. STILL HAVE THE ANIMAL CROSSING FOR THE GAMECUBE & AM THINKIN ABOUT STARTING IT ALL OVER (I GOT THE GOLDEN STATUE FROM THE GAME ON GAMECUBE & EVEN HAVE 2 MEMORY CARDS FOR OTHER CITIES! PLEASE PICK ME FOR THE NEW GAME & SWITCH TO PLAY IT ON. LUV THIS GAME!

Grow a pair

Oh BS.
“That’s a shame, but I can respect their desire to have the game remain as ‘pure’ as possible too. They make the game after all.”

And it’s our f* money that pays their salaries and puts food in their mouths. People like you are the reason we lost a lot of our rights in the US. You’re the reason we have the patriot act.

James

In my opinion this is a bad thing. It’s not just about the risk of your switch being damaged but what if you want to upgrade to the next model? Or play on a main Switch and Switch Lite? This is horrible. I wasn’t going to cheat because I want a legit town, but I couldn’t care less if others do since this game isn’t a competition. All I care about is my island and the fact that it is so permanently locked to one device just to prevent others from cheating, (who will find a way to do so… Read more »

Brad

I would have loved cloud save to play on my switch and switch lite, but to say they blocked it because of cheating… they really aren’t trying Very hard because you can just change the time in the switch system settings and it changes it in the game… I’ve already had to do this lol